Each time I start to write a book, I think about realism and what, how much, etc to put in any given story.
What I mean is there are things I will always include in a contemporary romance like condoms. Some readers hate that. They want the fantasy without that sort of reality intruding. And there are authors who feel the same so it works out.
Some of my books are light, some are darker for a host of reasons.
So when I started to sketch out LOST IN YOU, I knew both my main characters came to the story with some heavy backstory.
Beth Murphy grew up in a toxic, abusive household. But she’s gotten past it. She’s very close with her siblings, who all banded together to survive what they had growing up. It’s made her stronger and given her an appreciation for family.
And Joe, well, Joe wasn’t a great son really. He got into a lot of trouble. Partied hard and ended up in Iraq as an army mechanic because he made a choice in a stupid, drunken moment.
Each of them has stuff to get past. Things to prove and Joe is back in Petal to handle his ailing father, to prove he is a good son. Because he loves his family and in that he and Beth are a great deal alike.
Petal is a small town filled with love. The Chases and the Murphys are a close knit, loving unit and that is at the heart of all the books. But each of the books in both series has dealt with real life issues. Class, race, body image, stalking, domestic violence, substance abuse and mental illness. Because while romance does have a HEA, the characters in the books don’t always have an easy time of it.
Real life isn’t always easy or smooth. And sometimes a book will have those bumps in the road for the characters to struggle through, just like we do in our lives.
There are some dark moments in LOST IN YOU, but Joe and Beth get through because of one another, because they’re stronger than they would be on their own. I hope you all enjoy reading their story!
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