Friday, 10 May 2013

Post from Katheryn

Hey All, 
Please enjoy this guest post from Katheryn Lane. 
Make sure to check out her books and feel free to contact her via Facebook and Twitter.

                       Happy Ever After Endings by Katheryn Lane
I recently read a wonderful romance novel,  Broken Wings by Dawn Torrens, in which the heroine, Angelina, falls in love with a soldier, Joshua, who’s about to be deployed to Afghanistan in the Army’s bomb disposal unit. Before he leaves, about two-thirds of the way through the book, she says that Joshua has ‘given her wings’, as he makes her feel that she can do practically anything. This phrase had my heart sink! The title, ‘Broken Wings’ implied that Joshua would break Angelina’s heart. Would he die in Afghanistan? Would he return to her alive? Frantic to know the answer, I fervently read through the remaining third of the book to find out. While I was reading, I desperately hoped that he would survive and they would have a happy-ever-after ending. I won’t give away the ending, but I will say that it’s a great read!
Later, when I finished, I thought about why I was so keen on having a positive ending. No one likes the idea of people dying in a war, but these were fictional characters. Why was it so important to me that Joshua came back to Angelina? Most romances (including the ones I write) finish with a happy-ever-after ending (HEA for short), but why? I guess that in a good novel (or series of novels), the reader starts to feel strongly attached to the hero and heroine. During the course of the book/series, the reader follows their story as they meet and overcome the various conflicts that stand in their way. Despite the fact that some of these problems seem insurmountable (for example in my novel The Desert Sheikh, the sheikh takes a second wife!) the couple eventually manage to resolve their problems and sort things out. This does not mean that everything is perfect, but the reader is left with the feeling that the hero and heroine will be reunited and they will remain together.
Sadly, real life is not always like this. All too often couples are not able to overcome the obstacles that everyday life throws up; some problems just cannot be resolved and the only solution is to split up, or not even get together in the first place. Because real life is full of countless examples of devastating loss and its consequences, not just for the couple, but for their family and friends as well, I think many readers like to escape to a world where long lasting happiness can be found and true love does find a way. When I read a romance I like to have a strong emotional journey with the couple; I like to share their passion and their heartache, and even shed a few tears along the way. However, I also like to know that at the end I will finish the book emotionally satisfied and relieved that everything has been sorted out. A reviewer has compared my books to an emotional rollercoaster and I think reading romance can be a bit like a fairground ride: lots of gut-wrenching ups and downs during the journey, but you know you’re going to get to the end safe and sound, even if you are a little bit shaken up.
About Katheryn Lane
I'm a wife, teacher, author and mother of two boisterous boys, so most of my days are taken up with finding lost school shoes, getting stuck in traffic and wondering why I always join the queue that doesn't move in the supermarket. However, I try to forget these daily problems (and the fact that I burnt the toast again this morning) by losing myself in a good book and writing novels that give readers a break from everyday life.
Open one of my books and escape on an adventure to an exotic location, because it's easier to buy a book than it is to book an air ticket.
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  1. Thank you so much Katheryn for the wonderful mention of my book you have truly made my day!

    1. Thank you Dawn for writing such a great book!

  2. Nice work guys! #awesome books and #amazing authors!