Every Heroine Should Have a Hot Guy Who Adores Her: Why I Write YA Romance- A Guest Post by Author CJ HillSwoon Reads Staff
As a teenager, I loved reading romance novels. Seriously, I thought guys were supposed to be tall, dark, and brooding. When I first got married, I made my husband read a romance novel so he would know what women expected from a guy. This was a mistake. He kept laughing and reading parts out loud to me. “So you want me to take you in my steely embrace and press my lips against your welcoming mouth?”
Yeah, this is why guys shouldn’t be allowed to read romances.
Anyone reading my books can tell I still have a soft spot for romance. I always add romance into my novels. I think every heroine should have a hot guy who adores her. When I started the Slayers trilogy, I didn’t mean to have a love triangle. It’s not that I don’t like love triangles—as I reader, I think they can be great. If I’m living vicariously through the heroine, why shouldn’t two awesome guys fight over me?
As a writer though, I hate them. I get involved with my characters and I care about them too much. When you create a love triangle, you’re going to break someone’s heart in the end. I hate that. I don’t want to devastate either Dirk or Jesse. They’re both great guys in their own way.
This is how the love triangle happened: I said Dirk looked like Dirk Benedict. Those of you who are old enough to have watched Dirk Benedict in either of his hit shows (Battlestar Galactica and The A-team) know that the man had irresistible charisma, charm, and good looks. Which is why you should never put him in a book as the hero’s friend. He will hit on the heroine, and she won’t be able to resist him. (Can you blame her, really? No, no you can’t.)
When I started the scene in Slayers where Dirk and Tori discover they’re counterparts, I hadn’t planned on having them kiss—but yeah, Dirk will be Dirk. It changed the whole dynamic of the series.
This might not have been such a bad thing, except when my teenage daughter read the book, she insisted that Tori should end up with Dirk instead of Jesse. As I wrote Slayers: Friends and Traitors, I realized my daughter might have a point. To tell you the truth, I don’t know who she’ll end up with. I guess we’ll all have to read book three when it comes out to see.
Janette Rallison/CJ Hill is the award winning author of 20 novels and has sold over a million books. Her novels have been on many reading and state lists including IRA Young Adults’ Choices List and state reading lists. Most of her books are action or romantic comedies because hey, there is enough angst in real life, but there’s a drastic shortage of action, humor, and romance. She lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five kids, and enough cats to classify her as eccentric.