Today we're thrilled to welcome Grace Burrowes to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Grace's new series, True Gentlemen, kicked off with Tremaine's True Love on August 4. Grace is here today to talk about true gentlemen and why family loyalty and love can go hand in hand. Rakes need not apply. Thanks, Grace!
Once upon a time in law school, a professor pointed out to my class that very few attorneys would commit crimes (he hoped), but many of us would end up representing clients in criminal court. We might never own property, and yet we could earn a living conducting real estate closings. In many, many areas of law, we might practice well and lucratively without firsthand experience of the matter at hand—patents, bankruptcy, disability, or real estate development, for example.
The exception is family law. EVERY attorney passes the bar with some sort of family associations, for better or for worse, which is part of what makes family law so interesting and challenging. So too, every character in a romance, like every reader, has a family. That family might be long gone, awful, too big, too nosy, loving, misguided, a mash up of good and bad, or a single curmudgeonly great-uncle, but no character arrives to the page family-free.
Readers have families too, and thus in each story, the author already has one potential bond between readers and characters. Crazy cousins, eccentric aunties, bickering parents, and hilarious siblings can enrich and shape the characters’ worlds because these family fixtures transcend time periods, cultures, and genres.