Contemporary Romance Writers: Telling the Truth
I love the characters I run into when I read a novel. It doesn’t matter whether I’m reading a romantic suspense, a la Susan May Warren, a low country romance, a la Rachel Hauck, an historical a la Siri Mitchell, or even a contemporary romance, a la … well, all three of those authors (and even my upcoming debut novel, Wish You Were Here. I know, shameless plug.)
Where was I?
Novels always have heroes. Heroines. Villains. (Boo! Hiss!) Sidekicks. And one of my favorite characters: the Voice of Truth. (Key appropriate background music. Something … with trumpets and drums, perhaps.)
The Voice of Truth (VOT) serves one purpose in a novel: She is the one who speaks truth to the heroine. Or perhaps he speaks truth to the hero. (Or you can mix the he/she thing up however you want. But I digress.)
The point is, the VOT speaks truth. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But in a novel, it’s never simple. Because the heroine (I have to choose one character to make my point for the sake of sanity, both mine and yours) may not want to hear the truth. And this gets her into all sorts of trouble. And until the heroine stops and listens to whatever truth the VOT is sharing — Mr. Right is all wrong for her, or maybe that dress does make her look, um, not thin — she’s going to keep making mistakes.
Here’s the funny thing: Voices of Truth? They don’t just show up in novels. I’ve had them in my life–and I’ve needed them too. I haven’t always heeded their wisdom as soon as I should have and, yes, that’s created problems I could have avoided.
In Your Words: Any favorite VOTs from novels you’ve read? Even more important, are you blessed to have a VOT in your life? Someone who will speak the truth to you–even when it’s tough? And are you willing to listen?
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