By: J.K. Coi
When I decided that Protecting His Assets was going to be a bodyguard story, of course that meant that there needed to be a reason why the hero would require a bodyguard, which meant adding an element of suspense and danger to an otherwise fun, lighthearted romance.
I wanted to make sure I didn’t overshadow the romance (or the fun), but that the suspense also had substance and believability.
Here are a few tips that I learned for blending the two:
Don’t forget what your story is really about: In a true “romantic suspense” you could say that the story is driven equally by both the romance and the suspense, and that would mean a more equal balance of the two, but in this case, my story is first and foremost a romance. That means that the development of the characters’ romantic journey must remain at the forefront in every scene.
Danger with meaning: Because a compelling romance relies on the inner conflicts of its main characters, the outer conflict is stronger if it can also be connected to those inner conflicts, and the suspense aspect should not be separate from this, but tie in so that all elements of the story weave together.
A bigger threat: . . .
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