Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Teen Romance

I'm a sucker for the romantic. A big sucker. I love the tension that builds to a relationship. I love it when those relationships get tested and the couple comes out okay. I love it when people fall in love.One of the best things about being a Young Adult writer is getting the chance to create those love stories.

When I was a teenager I wanted to date, but I never really got asked out. I had one boyfriend and we only lasted three months. It wasn't until I got to college and met my husband that I ever had a true romantic relationship. He was my first and only love.

The idea of two teens falling in love and spending forever together, though romantic, was foreign to me. I was surprised to see some of my high school friends marry other people from my high school. I thought it was awesome, but I just didn't get it.

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I want to be real in my writing, and I do believe love can be found in teenagedom, but can it really last? The fact is, even though it may not be true for my life, I believe in it enough that I write it into my books.

The idea of there being one person who is right for you is so romantic, how could pass that up in my writing?

Of course my characters are real, they don't just fall in love with no reason behind it. There has to be things that push them together. Heck, if I was dealing with half the stuff my characters have to go through I would cling to the one person that helped me through it as well.

The point is, love needs to be true, but it doesn't have to just be true to your life. All your book needs to do is be true to who your characters are. If you do that your readers will swoon right along with you.
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