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Love Triangles

The Love Triangle SeriesThe Love Triangle….it’s what makes me want to read a book, and shockingly what I found out recently, people are turned off from reading a book. We all are our own person, I get it. But really? Who doesn’t love a good triangle? Squares are pushing it, I’ll give you that. And shamefully I seemed to have written this formula in my second Amy book, but it clears itself up quickly. 🙂 But a triangle? I love it.

I think that’s all I’ve written so far. And I think it stems from what I like to read and watch. It completely sucks when someone has to choose. And is it always a clear choice? Pretty much, but it grieves my heart to see the one not chosen to stay behind, licking their wounds. Sometimes. Then again, sometimes I add a bit of nasty…not too much, mind you…to their character, in order to not make you feel so sorry for them. To shed light on the clear winner of love.

“Wuthering Heights” started me out on this quest. Clearly there was a winner in love, but what was wrong with her husband? Nothing really, except he didn’t have her heart. Her heart lay securely, deeply-rooted in Heathcliff. Oh, the tragedy! In this case, Cathy couldn’t be with her true love. He was too wild, too un-catchable. Just the same in “Bridges of Madison County”. The heroine feels a deep draw to Kincaid but can never realize it. Tragedy, again! These books are non HEA, but they held such a spell over me. Does there have to be a third angle in order for a character to realize the deeper love she feels for the “real” one? Hmm…

I suppose that’s why people like the ol’ two people angle. Just one girl looking in the world for that perfect mate. The struggles it takes her to find him and keep him. The work-up to just the two of them to take on the world. No other guy to pull at her in the smallest way. Yeah, okay I could get into that. I have read and enjoyed books with this trope, but my meter for love will always pull toward the triangle. 🙂

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HEA?

images (3)I remember the first time I saw these three letters. It was in context stating how it was necessary to have HEA. Still, I was puzzled. What was this foreign acronym? After a few more sentences into the paragraph, it dawned on me that it stood for happily ever after. What? I never wrote for happily ever after. If anything, I always wrote about destruction, death, and despair. But, in order to write for this particular contest, it had to be a HEA kind of story. I remember telling my mother about this new concept. She said, “who wants to read about sad things? Life is too depressing as it is.” Point well stated.

So, I’m happy to report I’ve been two years clean of writing about all that’s sad in the world. I once had the misconception that in order to make a point, to stand out, and to have the reader feel something, it had to have a sad ending. Not true at all. Endings can be happy, in fact, they should be happy. Who needs to be depressed, anyway?

My first book to be published is about a girl who’s trapped in a mundane marriage. Sad? Kind of, but I take you through her journey to see if happily ever after does exist for her. Of course to get there, she’ll have to pass through some destruction, death, and despair. Just a little, I promise. Who said I was completely cured? But, at least you know it has to have an HEA.

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