by Laura Evans Serna
That’s not to say that romance needs to be the main thrust of the story. Just a hint of love will do. Sometimes the best passages are the ones in which readers aren’t even aware they are being told a love story until after the fact. Perhaps late at night while you are staring up into the dark, unable to sleep, the significance of a particular scene hits you. You realize something that was not stated explicitly.
As a writer, I dwell on questions such as Romance, more or less? What do my readers need to read? What do I need to write? Should I describe every seductive curve, every caress? Or would something less, like a feeling, mean more? How does my description further the plot? What does it reveal about my characters?
A while back I was reading Little House in the Big Woods to my daughters. We were at the part when Laura and her mother Caroline discover a bear outside their tiny cabin. They hurry inside. Laura remembers her mother pulling her sleeping baby sister onto her lap and waiting up long into the night for her dad to return home.
You can feel Caroline’s anxiety that the love of her life may never return. You can imagine memories of their life flowing through her mind: how they met, their first kiss, and the births of their children. Other things occurred to me as well. Laura’s mother had a baby in her lap. She was already exhausted! With three little kids in the house, what would she do if her husband never came home? There would be little time to mourn.
The entire passage was just three or four simple sentences. I read over the passage quickly as a child, not thinking twice about it. As an adult, it had much more meaning. I think about that passage when I want to remind myself how little is needed to imbue a story with a touch of romance.
Laura spent periods of time teaching math and doing technical editing, but motherhood suits her more than any other hat she’s worn. Her three daughters are a constant joy. She has come to the conclusion that the world over needs more, not less, of the maternal touch, and she wants to write stories featuring strong, intelligent mothers.
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Laura's New Stunning Sci-fi Romance: Desert Melody
Teagan is a single Voyan mother and wet nurse. She lost the ability to thought share. Though she spends hours walking in the desert searching for the voices she once heard, she embraces her new found intellectual focus and is drawn into the Human world of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Teagan plans to go into hiding to avoid being forced back to a Voyan community where her daughter would be an outcast. However, she meets Josh, a generous and handsome man who understands her better than anyone. She loves him, and Josh takes an active role in parenting Teagan’s daughter.
Teagan discovers that her behavior is more Human than Voyan because she has been unknowingly medicated. She is part of a secret and manipulative eugenics program designed by Josh’s best friend. Teagan questions her faith in Josh while needing him in her life more than ever. Once off the medication, Teagan loses her focus, and her dream of helping her people through research slips away.
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