By: Anna Campbell (Romance University)
Historical author Anna Campbell pens some of the best love scenes in romance, so who better to give us pointers on the all important first kiss? Great to have you back, Anna!
Hello, Romance University mavens! Thank you to Jennifer Tanner for inviting me to talk to you today!
Just recently I’ve gone through the process of choosing an excerpt from my next release WHAT A DUKE DARES for my website. And as so often has happened, I’ve chosen the first kiss scene.
I don’t think this penchant for initial smooches as pivotal encounters is accidental, although I will admit that I love a great kiss, whether in a book or a movie. So today I thought I’d talk about the importance of the first kiss in a romance novel and how to make the most of this essential scene.
Every romance novel works through a series of turning points. They include first meeting (sometimes if the characters are previously acquainted, this is the first time the readers see them together), first kiss, love scene(s) – although not necessarily if you’re writing a sweeter story – black moment, happily ever after. Each of these essential elements ramps up the tension, reveals character, advances plot. Apart from the ending where if you’ve kept the reader on tenterhooks about the resolution, the sigh of satisfaction as she closes the book on our blissfully happy couple will be doubly pleasurable.
For most romance novels, a major turning point is the first kiss . . .
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