We discussed having a theme this month that tied in with Valentine's Day and came up with Killing Me Softly. I asked what does that mean. Lashing me with a feather boa? Okay, what I think it really means is how do we melded writing suspense and romance. It's the love/hate tug-of-war. Actually those two emotions are closely connected. Look at all the divorces in this country. When those people married, they were deeply in love, and when they divorced, often they hated the other. It's sad that when the police investigate a murder they often look first at the family members as possible suspects.
But what I really wanted to write about is how easily it is to mash the two elements into a romantic suspense story that rocks. Intense emotions are churning in a person when he/she is in danger. As a writer you can use that to tap into the love story between the hero and heroine. You've already got strong feelings flying around, why not attraction and love? You can't have a book so suspenseful and intense that you don't give your reader a few pages to breath deeply and assimilate what is going on. What better way than to have two people fall in love. I love the two elements being together. Through all the "bad" things happening, there is hope of something beautiful coming from it: two people falling in love.
What do you think about mixing romance and suspense in a story?