Today, Heather Snow joins us to discuss the impetus behind writing a hero or heroine who might be crazy—and why readers like them so much. In her forthcoming Sweet Madness, Heather has written a hero who's in the throes of mental anguish, and it's up to the heroine to figure out how to help him. Thanks for being here, Heather!
(After you read the post, be sure to visit Heather's website to learn more about her March Sweet Madness sweepstakes.)
Some readers say that the best, most memorable romance novels are the ones that have complex, flawed characters whose stories are so fraught with conflict that the reader agonizes the entire book over whether the lovers could ever possibly find their happily ever after.
I can think of few situations more difficult to overcome in a love story than the specter of madness hanging over the hero or heroine. It’s not a pretty subject, certainly not a light and happy topic, and it definitely doesn’t bring to mind the hearts and roses usually associated with romance. And yet some brave historical romance authors have taken that challenge and crafted stories with vulnerable, endearing characters that steal readers’ hearts.