Guest Post – Achieving the HEA by Joan Swan
I recently watched the movie Precinct 13, an edge-of-your seat crime drama, and was reminded of how seemingly insurmountable odds against the good guys could both evoke powerful emotions and compel an audience to keep their eyes glued to the screen, their fingers twisted in the nearest pillow…or sleeve…or hand…
If you haven’t seen it and you love drama, Precinct 13 is definitely worth the watch.
For writers, throwing characters into impossible situations is rather…terrifying. We writers are a pretty insecure group—it’s a big secret, so don’t tell anyone—but we really don’t want to throw too much at those beloved characters because…well…there’s always the off chance we won’t be able to pull them out of the mess we’ve created in a credible, believable way.
*Insert nail-biting, sweating author here*
After writing my Phoenix Rising series for 2 years now, I’ve discovered that every time I manage to survive the torment—albeit scraped, scuffed and occasionally…singed—dragging my characters kicking and screaming from the rubble, I start the next book with renewed confidence in my bad-ass underdogs and push them, and myself, to the next level with a whole new gusto, because…
We all know the true nature of a person comes out under stress. Right?
In Rush, book 3 of the series, every member of this cohesive team of damaged firefighters is forced to face the demons lingering from a warehouse explosion that gave them their paranormal powers and irrevocably changed their lives.
But no demons are more frightening than those Jessica Fury faces in Rush: reliving the death of her newlywed husband, coping with his miraculous return from the dead, and accepting his absence of any memories of their life together.
Those seem like insurmountable roadblocks to a happily ever after, no?
I say, no!
Because after torturing my beloved characters…I make sure to reward them with the sweetest, most fulfilling happily ever after they could have ever imagined for their life.
As a romance writer that is, after all, my job. And I take happily ever afters very seriously.
*Insert author with tongue-in-cheek here*
What do you say? Do you enjoy books with seemingly insurmountable odds against the characters seeking their happy ending?
About the Author:
I was never a star English student or a Literature buff, but I’ve always had a creative soul and an active imagination. Writing was a natural culmination of those two talents.
I write what I like to read: romantic suspense. I write for entertainment and escape–the same reasons I love to read. I prefer real-life language, so you’ll find profanity in my work when it fits the character. I prefer open-door sex, so my love scenes are typically hot and steamy. And because my stories involve suspense, you’ll often find violence, mystery and an inside look at the intricate world of forensics. Occasionally, I like to dabble in the lighter side of paranormal as well.
A triple RWA Golden Heart finalist as well as a double Daphne Du Maurier finalist, I am a lover of craft and closet-hoarder of writing craft how-to books.
In my day job, I work as a sonographer at UCSF Medical Center, a location with an intensity that makes me slightly insane…which works well with the writer in me. Not to mention all the character material I have access to–and I’m not talking about the patients (well…mostly).
I have been married twenty years to my own personal hero, a veteran firefighter, we have two beautiful daughters and are blessed to live in the heart of wine country on the gorgeous Central Coast of California.Follow Joan on her Website | Twitter | Facebook