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Jun 6 2012 11:00am

Author Rebecca Rogers Maher on Why Snow Beats the Apocalypse Every Time

Snowbound with a Stranger by Rebecca Rogers MaherToday we welcome Rebecca Rogers Maher to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Rebecca’s Snowbound With a Stranger has just been released, and is a delicious way to keep warm! She’s here to talk about just why snowbound love is so...hot. Welcome, Rebecca!

Last spring, I was deeply entrenched in research on a post-apocalyptic romance I called The Real Housewives of the Apocalypse. It was a fantastic premise that required me to learn how to shoot a rifle, forage for food, stockpile emergency supplies, and read a metric ton of terrifying literature about climate-induced natural disasters and the socio-political collapse that follows.

Guess what?

It turns out the apocalypse is pretty depressing. By June, I could barely get out of bed.

To cheer myself up, I decided to stay right there in that bed and write a snowbound romance. That’s how my current release—Snowbound with a Stranger—was born, but it wasn’t the start of my obsession with snowbound stories. I’ve loved those since I first started reading romance novels (when I was like five years old). Here’s why:

1. It’s All The Fun of the Apocalypse, Without the Pesky Death and Pestilence.

The best part about post-apocalyptic stories is that the stakes are absurdly high. There is nothing and no one left. The many mistakes of the human race have finally caught up with us, and the future of the entire world rests on our protagonists’ shoulders. This makes every word—every move, every feeling and thought—absolutely necessary and important. All our senses are heightened and everything that happens MATTERS. It’s exhilarating.

It’s also quite exhausting. The first few days are cool, yeah, but then you have to deal with the endlessness of it all, and that, frankly, is a huge bummer.

Snowbound stories give you the intensified emotion of those first few days without all the carnage and loneliness that follows. After all, once the storm stops, the characters can leave their cabin or cave or whatnot and go home. Which brings up a very delicious problem…

2. It Might Not Last.

Sure, the hero and heroine have hit it off like gangbusters while trapped for three days in the rear section of a downed plane, but once they go back to Omaha, will they retain the spark? We don’t know. And they don’t know either. Which makes everything they do feel precious and stolen and hyper-sexy. Especially since…

3. There’s No One Else There to Get in the Way.

No sensible best friend to tell you to be careful. No workplace drama to distract you from the hero’s smoldering glances. No TV shows to take your mind off the fact that he smells like wood burning. Just a hero and heroine, alone, with nothing to do but find new and creative ways to keep warm. And anyway…

4. You’re At the Edge of the World.

Separated from family, friends, cars, homes, money and most modern conveniences, and surrounded everywhere by a quiet sea of white, the snowbound hero and heroine are basically in a different world. One that doesn’t quite exist and therefore perhaps does not have the same rules and consequences as that other world they usually inhabit. So they can do things they normally might not do. Like rip each other’s clothes off twelve hours after meeting for the first time. Because…

5. The Power of Nature Takes Over.

All that howling wind? The extreme cold? The sense that at any moment you could be buried alive? It gets the blood stirring. Brings out the animal in us. Makes us act a little crazy and makes us want to have a little fun while we still can. All while wrapped up in a warm blanket. With a roaring fire. And preferably a cup of hot chocolate heating up in a kettle somewhere. You know, for afterwards. When you get hungry.

Which reminds me, where did I leave the marshmallows?

I bought a pile of them to roast while I did “research” for this post, which basically meant reading as many snowbound stories as I could get my hands on. Sadly, I’ve hit the bottom of my stack.

And I need more. Right away.

Thanks for reading. And may we all from now on grab life by the snowballs.

 

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Rebecca Rogers Maher lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and children. She is the author of the Recovery Trilogy—I’ll Become the Sea, Snowbound with a Stranger, and the forthcoming Fault Lines (September 2012)—from Carina Press.

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Snowbound with a Stranger is now available from Carina Press.

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15 comments
Megan Frampton
1. MFrampton
Rebecca, my favorite part has to be the hot chocolate. With or without marshmallows, I'm not picky.
Thanks for warming up the place!
Heather Waters (redline_)
2. redline_
I love snowbound romances too. You put it perfectly--there's all the high stakes of a post-apocalyptic romance but for a finite period of time. I remember enjoying Linda Howard's "White Out" and I know there are others. Can't wait to check out Snowbound with a Stranger next.
RRMaher
3. RRMaher
Megan, marshmallow neutrality is a rare gift. Thanks for saying hello!
RRMaher
4. RRMaher
Linda Howard! That is a great suggestion. I haven't read that one, but I'm buying it right now. Thank you!
RRMaher
5. squiggy
I've read a lot of end-of-the-world books and it never occured to me that a Snowbound story has so much in common with an apocalypse.

there are so many similarities between Romance and Horror -- that you have classic stories of young couples stranded in a remote cabin.

I guess women want to see the sexy stuff while guys want to see the couple fight off Lovecraftian beasts from another dimension.

Please write THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF THE APOCALYPSE. That sounds awesome!!
RRMaher
7. Anne K
What about nuclear winter? Is that like the best of both worlds?
RRMaher
8. KTM
I've read a lot of end-of-the-world books and it never occured to me
that a Snowbound story has so much in common with an apocalypse.

There are so many similarities between Romance and Horror -- that you have classic stories of young couples stranded in a remote cabin.

I guess women want to see the sexy stuff while guys want to see the
couple fight off Lovecraftian beasts from another dimension.

Please write THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF THE APOCALYPSE. That sounds awesome!!
RRMaher
9. RRMaher
Funny, Anne!

For your apocalyptic enjoyment: http://www.crutchfilms.com/NuclearWinter.html
RRMaher
10. RRMaher
Read the book, KTM! Maybe there IS a Lovecraftian beast.

(There's no Lovecraftian beast. But there is a bear!) And also, sexy stuff.

Thank you for stopping by! I'll get to work on Real Housewives right away.
RRMaher
11. lisabkln
Loved this essay.

I also LOVE post-apocolypse novels, but one thing the snowbound story has is it is visually beautiful. Instead of burnt, destroyed cities and wasted, abandoned vehicles, there is the incredibly beauty of everything covered in white mixed with the danger of the elements.

My favorite part of the snowbound stories is the Power of Nature. Being in a storm feels overwhelming and unescapeable, but watching a storm or wild animals from inside can be hypnotic and beautiful. But one never forgets the danger is right there on the other side of the door/window.

Please write the REAL HOUSEWIVES OF THE APOCALYPSE because I want to read it! I loved SNOWBOUND WITH A STRANGER and am looking forward to rereading it.
Stacy Wright
12. mrswright82
I love when I am snow bound...it gives me the perfect excuse to do nothing but spend time with the family...no where to go...nothing to do....and no one to bother you....you guys and the fam! :) Perfect
RRMaher
13. RRMaher
Lisa, you're so right about that friction between the danger outside and the delicate safety of inside the cabin. It heightens everything. That and the profound beauty/savage power of nature. It offers a great backdrop for the terror/wonder of falling in love.

And okay, I'll get to work on the Real Houswives book. No, really, I promise, I will.

Thanks so much for coming by today!
RRMaher
14. RRMaher
Oh yes, I love snowstorms. I was so disappointed when we didn't get one in NYC this year. There's nothing like being snug and warm inside with the people you love while oustide the snow is pouring down. Bliss!

Thank you for stopping in!
denise smith
15. denise226
i love the romance books when 2 strangers meet for the first time when they maybe were traped because a snostorm they maybe were out snowboarding sking or something like that
RRMaher
16. RRMaher
Denise, I love them too! You should see the pile of them on my desk right now. It's truly breathtaking. :) Thanks for stopping by!
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