Today I’m happy to welcome new romance author Allyson Lindt who’s talking about her journey to romance writing!
The Evolution of a Romance Author
When I was six, I wrote my first story. I think it was about two pages typed, and the gist of the story was “A girl wanted a horse, so she saved up for it, and when she got there, it was gone. She really wanted that horse, so she found the person who bought it and bought it from them instead.”
It had everything – everlasting love, conflict, and resolution.
As I got older, the stories got a little more complex, and I wanted them to be about people falling in love with each other. I was so infatuated with the idea that in one story, the couple found each other and fell in love over and over again, through countless lives. And maybe this time, they wouldn’t be ripped apart by tragedy in the end.
Then came the day when I shared my idea with someone else. They said “I write.” And I said “I write, too.” Instant something in common. WOOT! Then they said “What’s your story about?” And I told them. “Boy betrays girl, girl is broken hearted, different boy comes along and heals girl’s heart. Happily ever after ensues.”
They said “So where’s the conflict?” And I looked at them blankly. They said “You know, is she a drug addict? Is he suicidal? Did the ex-boyfriend beat people up for a living? You know – the conflict.”
I walked away from that conversation with the profound sense that it wasn’t possible to write a good story without the characters being deeply scarred in some way, and that a burgeoning romance didn’t equal conflict.
For many years after that, I learned how to write, and at the very back of my head was the constant that romance didn’t equal conflict. And I learned some more, and I got some good feedback, and I met some fantastic friends along the way.
And then a few years back I stopped and said “Wait, people read romance novels all the time. In fact, I think it’s a pretty popular genre. Why was it again that I’m not writing it?”
So I plucked a few ideas from my brain that had been haunting me since I’d shelved the entire genre all those moons ago. I let them bounce around, find root, grow into something bigger and more grand, it suddenly this new genre (the ‘other’ genre being contemporary fantasy) flowed through my fingertips.
I’m not saying it was easy. I’m still learning and it still took just as much work to write the story and revise it, and just as much pain to shop it around and deal with the rejections until I finally found the right story for the right place. But it felt right, and it still does.
So now when someone says “why romance?” and they do. I work with a lot of guys, so I hear the question a lot, I say “Because I enjoy it.” Yeah, it’s true, I’ll take The Avengers over most chick flicks, but there’s something about a good happily ever after that still warms my heart.
What kind of false impressions have you overcome to achieve something you really wanted?
Kenzie propositions a sexy stranger in a coffee shop to prove to herself she’s capable
of taking a risk. She doesn’t expect him to be sitting across from her the following
Monday as her newest client. Even worse, she can’t stop thinking about what might
have happened between them on a personal level if it weren’t for their professional relationship. He knows how to push her buttons, and she doesn’t want him to stop.
Scott has built his software company from the ground up to escape things like stuffy
old men telling him how to behave, so he loathes his board of directors ordering him to
make the public forget he doesn’t have a verbal filter. When his new publicity manager
is the almost-fling he never expected to see again, he seizes the opportunity to have fun and still pretend he’s complying with the board’s edict.
Giving in to desire could mean both their jobs, but each “one last time” always leads to
another. Now they have to decide what they’re willing to sacrifice to indulge this conflict of interest.
Allyson Lindt has been telling stories since before she could put the words on paper.
She was lucky enough to marry her muse and soul mate. Their cats are their children,
and when they’re not spending way too much time gaming, they’re building new worlds
together. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies, and she made
her authorial debut with a racy, erotic short story on a popular porn site for women.
She loves a sexy happily-ever-after and helping deserving couples find their futures
Thanks for being here, Allyson! Many happy sales to you on your new release!