As I get older (and hopefully wiser) I have come to the realisation that it’s the small moments in life that make for contentment, joy and happiness, not the big, splashy ones. Weddings, awards, lottery wins…they’re all well and good, but for me it’s the small moments in the days and weeks that make my life rich and full of laughter and love. My husband doing his version of the moonwalk in the kitchen. My dog looking at me from under his eyelashes (yes, he has eyelashes, and they are diabolically long and gorgeous!). My Mum fumbling around with Skype and making me laugh so hard I nearly lose a lung.
These are all small, insignificant, fleeting moments, but if you string enough of them together, I reckon you have a good chance at happiness. As a writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about the small moments in my hero and heroine’s relationship that will allow them to connect with each other and fall in love. I try to show that they “get” one another. That they enjoy one another. It’s not just about sex and lust and desire. It’s about connecting. Understanding. Kindness. Humour. I want my readers to believe in the relationship between my hero and heroine, to walk in their shoes as they get to know each other, and to yearn for their Happy Ever After.
My recent Super Romance, Her Kind of Trouble, has a small moment where the heroine, Vivian, helps the hero, Seth, blow up pink balloons to celebrate his infant daughter’s homecoming from the hospital. Seth’s gone to the trouble of sourcing the balloons, but he has no idea where to hang them to decorate his home. Fortunately for him, Vivian is a stylist, and she takes him in hand. It’s a small, very domestic moment, but he’s touched and grateful for her interest and skill and she’s moved by all the trouble and effort he’s gone to to celebrate his daughter’s homecoming.
In my new novella for Montana Born Books, Almost a Bride, I took my hero and heroine paddle boarding on one of Montana’s amazing mountain lakes. The day is warm, and Tara and Reid share a picnic - and heartfelt conversation - on the shore of the lake. There are no flashy gowns, paparazzi, fast cars or billionaires in sight - just two people who like each other, enjoying a summer’s day.
And in Satisfaction, my recently self published book, Maggie and Rafel lie in his bed after making love and discuss curricles and perch phaetons, inspired by the Georgette Heyer novel the hero has read because it’s one of the heroine’s favourite books.
As I’m sure you’ll agree, none of these moments are going to set the world on fire - but they might just help two people understand each other. What about you? Do you crave the fireworks and dazzle of big displays? Or are you a small moments person, too, like me? Or do you prefer a mixture of both in your romance novels (and maybe your life?) Do tell! I’d love to hear your stories.
I’ll be giving away e-book two sets of a copy each of Satisfaction and Almost a Bride today - all you need to do is comment win. I’ll pop back in after a week to announce the winner, so stay posted!
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