Well, it’s not easy but I thought I’d clarify how I combine the two. First, I write to entertain people. A good, compelling read is always the first priority. I also like to give people hope. What better way to do that than to showcase people of faith struggling with tough issues in their lives?
I believe every romance novel has an element of hope. We love our happy endings, not matter the form they take. Most of the books I read are by people I consider friends. And friends come in all sizes and shapes. So do our stories. Our readers demand a happy ending and … hope. We are hopeful things will turn out all right, no matter what our characters have to suffer through.
In a suspense, characters sometimes have to make tough choices that involve life and death. I like writing about strong protagonists who are willing to lay down their lives for those they love. This is about hope and faith and winning out over evil. Love conquers all. That is a good message in any story. It is especially touching in a dark suspense.
In my upcoming November suspense “Deadly Holiday Reunion”, this is the message I try to convey. When a serial killer comes back to Texas to seek revenge on my hero and heroine, they reunite in spite of their differences in order to save someone they love. I have to admit, writing this story left me a bit disturbed, but I felt good about how my characters fought the good fight until the bitter end. I hope you will agree.
I’d love to hear what you like in a suspense novel. What are some of the stories that have stayed with you? Let’s discuss! Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of my November release!
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