The Importance of Setting in Romance Novels

As you surmised from my last blog entry on re-branding, I’ve learned after writing sixteen books and publishing eight of them, that SETTING is extremely important to every story’s plot, characters, and genre. My brand: suspense/mystery spiked with a romantic relationship, including SETTING as a character and impetus for plot complications. Come on, this is nothing new! A couple sitting on a sandy beach; a jacuzzi in an opulent hotel bedroom (one king bed in the background), lights down low and champagne at hand. We understand how setting helps push a couple together. But I also add a criminal lurking in the condo behind the beached pair, or maybe he’s hiding on the balcony ready to pounc

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