Some people like books that focus extensively on the heroine’s own life, and the hero’s own life, as discrete, independent tracks. They delight in the hero and heroine meeting, separating again, interacting here and there, and feeling some great “will they or won’t they?” tension when the two do come together. This sort of romance often features a true coupling near the end of the novel.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to read about—and write about—that tension too, and I too take great pleasure in a strong happily-ever-after. But as I begin my publishing career, I find that I gravitate towards writing stories that focus on the couple together—even where they get together earlier rather than later in the book. I’d rather write about them and their story than build slowly to a culmination where they are together at the finale. This way, I can show so much about how the couple interacts and how they affect and change one another. And, as an intensely loyal person who puts family above all else myself, in my writing I really relish the opportunity to write about my story’s couple taking on the world together, building each other up.
If I had a mission statement for my writing, it would be that I want to give my readers the kind of stories I love, about strong characters who are fiercely loyal to each other and always win in the end. I hope you love these stories as much as I do!