Michaeline: That Romantic Spark

Love that Lasts with a Touch of Magic

Love that Lasts with a Touch of Magic

I spent some of last week looking for what makes a “happy ever after”. The internet seems to love stories from older couples about how they kept the spark alive, so there were plenty of resources. I couldn’t help thinking, “What makes a couple really work?”

A lightbulb came on for me when I read this from the Huffington Post:

“As one 87-year old told me: ‘Think back to the playground when you were a child. Your spouse should be that other kid you would most like to play with!’”

My hero Hadiz and my heroine Perz don’t share a background – they are from different cultures, are different ages, and heck, they are even different species. But what they love best is doing magic, and that brings out a child-like joy in both of them. He’s got fine technical skills, and she’s got the power. Together, they play well together, and with that extra magic spark of love, the Happy Ever After is in their reach – if they can just prevent their peoples from killing each other first.

There are many roads to Oz, and a complementary skill set is just one. How do your hero and heroine complement each other? How do you show the reader that these two people have a real chance together?

3 thoughts on “Michaeline: That Romantic Spark

  1. I think this is the critical question that makes or breaks a romance, Michaeline. What you describe is not just a complementary skill-set but also a shared passion. That could take Perz and Hadiz a long way towards eternal happiness together 🙂

    I’ve been thinking about this question a lot recently in relation to my own WIP. I start to believe in the H&H as a couple when I feel that they understand each other really, really well (as demonstrated by some insightful action – we talked loads in class about Shane buying an air conditioner in Agnes and the Hit-Man, best gift ever). I start to believe in their HEA together when they put the other person’s happiness ahead of their own.

  2. Yes, I agree with Jilly. You know the couple will make it when they know each other really well—so well that they can understand/accept/overlook the faults that (you hope) you’ve shown the reader they have.

  3. One other thing to keep in mind, I think, is that all sorts of romance work in the real world. But in a fictional world, readers have to be able to accept that the romance works for these two people. Having characters who understand each other and then show that by getting the character what s/he needs is one way to do it.

    LOL, in real life, sometimes I feel like I only understand my husband on about the 30 percent level. He constantly does things that amaze or astound me (good and bad). If I wrote what I knew, I’d have very confused readers (-:.

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