Posy Roberts Delves Beneath the Surface in Flare

January 13, 2014

So, how do you fit the real world into romance? Or why would you even want to? In Flare, I wanted to.

I started reading romance novels written for teens in the 1980s. I think they went under the monicker Wildfire Romances. OMG, I found a link to the spines of some. LOL! They were set in modern times, and the story almost always ended after boy and girl got together. And then I quit reading romance altogether for years. When I started again, my tastes quickly morphed.

I’ve obviously moved past boy and girl meeting and falling in love, and shifted to men going crazy for each other. But I also love a romance to go beyond the “Yes, I want to be with you” and the “I love you” moments.

I like to go deeper.

I like to see how those couples will survive outside the bubble of initial romance and lust, because that is the true test! Getting past “I love you” is hard, but it is nothing compared to dealing with real life or a chronic illness or a secret you’re positive will change everything.

Some of this comes from my personal experiences. I deal with chronic illness that has transformed me from the very energetic 18 year-old my husband met in college into someone who needed to temper herself and slow way down or I’d be bed bound for days. And then our baby was born. She was beautiful and sweet, but the poor child couldn’t swallow her own saliva without choking/aspirating, and she needed multiple operations to resolve all of her birth defects, not to mention the years of using a feeding tube before she could eat like the rest of us.

So how does a couple survive difficulties like these? Hugo and Kevin lived through the challenges they faced in Fusion. When I named book 2, I was thinking of cold fusion, even if it is still a hypothetical. But how do you survive beyond a bonding crisis like they experienced? How do you still live and love each other without the intensity of emotions you felt during the crisis? Sometimes you can cope better than you can in everyday life. When things become mundane, how do keep interested? And what do you do to keep life from getting stale?

This is what Flare is about and why the cover is green! Haha. It’s about finding life after death. Of course, Hugo and Kevin’s lives are much more interesting than my own ever could be.

That is reality for most of us at one point in our lives or another. Is it grief from the loss of a parent or partner? Is it being laid off or fired from a job? Or substance abuse to cope with? Or is it a medical crisis?

I think this is truly where the meat, the heart is in relationships. This is where it is enriching to watch and read about people growing and becoming more than they were at the beginning, especially when life is crisis free. “I love you” is easy now, but “I like you” or “I’m disappointed in you” might be harder. And how do you move past that so you can continue to grow, not just individually but as a couple?

That is what I really want to explore when I write romance. I want to explore the iceberg underneath.

What sort of depth do you enjoy in romance stories? When is too much, too much?

Have you ever related so much to a character that it’s scary?

6 Responses to “Posy Roberts Delves Beneath the Surface in Flare”

  1. Andrea M says:

    I love very in-depth stories. I have a hard time with novellas for that reason; there’s never quite enough. I don’t think I’ve ever related to a character. When I’m reading and it’s a really great story, I’m so immersed that I’m in the characters or they’re in me. That’s not relating to the character but it is relating to the author’s talent and ability to develop those characters.

  2. Posy Roberts says:

    Andrea~ Do you know how much wordy authors like me love to hear this sort of thing? Haha. Granted, I enjoy novellas too, but novels are my fave!

  3. Juliana says:

    Have you read Junk by Jo Myles? The MC in that book is a book hoarder and is unable to change because he is so overwhelmed. I’m not a hoarder, pretty far from it. But there were so many days where the thought of making headway was just panic inducing. I connected so much more to the character than I expected…

  4. Posy Roberts says:

    Juliana~ I loved that book. It reminded me a lot of my daughter who is a diagnosed hoarder. Beyond that, it was genius story telling. She was kind and gentle with the hoarding diagnosis, which I am obviously more sensitive than the average bear. I think part of that is because her characters were business people, not mental health professionals, even if trains as such. It was a wonderful book!!!

  5. Jbst says:

    I really like stories to have substance and a plot, which I appreciated in Spark. Thanks for telling us the meanings behind the titles for Fusion and Flare, plus the colors. The covers for the trilogy are truly lovely.

  6. Posy Roberts says:

    Jbst ~ Thanks. My daughter actually picked the TARDIS blue. I felt Spark had to be red/orange. And Flare… yep… GREEN! I can’t wait to have them all in paperback in person. It’s going to be exciting!!!

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