Today we're thrilled to have Laura Lee Guhrke (The Truth About Love and Dukes) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Many authors get inspired by music while they write, but it's sad to say... many of the greatest love songs in music don't actually end all that happily. Laura Lee is here today to how popular love songs and romance novels can differ so much when it comes to their endings. Thanks, Laura Lee!
In a romance novel, a happy ending is a given. That’s why I began reading romances, and I’ve always been sure that’s why my fellow readers read them. For most of my life, I’ve been convinced that everyone wants a happy ending. Because, well, why wouldn’t you? Life’s hard enough, right?
But the other day while listening to Pandora, it occurred to me that many, if not most, popular songs (at least those that appeal to anyone over thirteen) do not have happy endings. Every rose has its thorn, after all, and cowboys, so Axel Rose tells us, sing their sad, sad songs. Heck, Taylor Swift has made an entire career based on her notoriously unhappy love life. Another man, another break-up, another million dollars…actually, that’s not so sad, when I think about it.
Anyway, even I, romance writer and lover of happy endings that I am, have been known to find inspiration in songs that aren’t exactly happy. In my latest book, The Truth About Love and Dukes, the Victorian-era couple find love because of the heroine’s advice-to-the-lovelorn column, and while it has its HEA, the inspiration for the book was a song called “Want Ad Blues.” Blues songs aren’t known for spreading happiness and good cheer.