Chemistry Between Characters
Hello Everyone! I’m Rebecca Ethington and I am taking over Momma Chaos’ blog for the day! I hope you are as excited as I am!
I have a confession to make: I never dated my husband, and he was the first person I kissed. I did, however, kiss about two dozen other men and have countless crushes in between kissing my husband (I was 15) and marrying my husband. Now, you might be worried I am a bit of a lip whore, and you would be wrong, because every single one of those kisses happened on stage with some guy I had little or no emotional attraction to – with the few massive crushes thrown in, my love life has been interesting. Which is probably why I love creating romantic chemistry between characters.
Specifically romantic tension.
I love that nagging heart pull you get as you watch and read about two people you desperately want to be together try to figure it out. Will they, won’t they? They almost kiss, and then they don’t. Their feelings are obvious but there is always conflict – always the question of what if.
There are two types of romantic chemistry as far as I am concerned, with a few sub-sections thrown in of course. You have your classic physical attraction, often called the ‘love at first sight’ syndrome this attraction is based on nothing more than a person’s eyes, butt, and muscles mass. This type of chemistry can either move into the ‘getting to know you, true love’ or the bump and grind ‘lust’ category. Both happen, in real and written life, quite frequently – heck my attraction to my husband was purely physical. If you read about a guys physical features more than his personality, you have got a ‘love at first sight’ romantic chemistry.
The other type of romantic chemistry is the ‘emotional bond’ category. This type of romantic chemistry tends to stem off of a long or short term platonic relationship. Now this does not mean that there is no physical attraction, it’s just not the focus, it wasn’t what drew the character to the person in the first place. In this category you have a ‘short-term’ meaning the character just met someone, noticed they were attractive, but noticed their personality more and got to know them before their looks became more obvious. You also have ‘long-term’ category – this is the one that has its own off shoots, one of which is very common in our lives. The character has known someone forever, and the romance grows as they do, or the classic ‘friend-zone’ in which one character loves another, but the feelings are not reciprocated.
Now, there is another category that I should probably mention as Kiss of Fire is a Paranormal Romance, even though the relationship in Kiss of Fire does not fall into this category. This category is of course, ‘Paranormal’. The characters are bonded together in some form of magical connection that cannot be broken. There is no previous connection; it’s just BAM – LOVE!
In Kiss of Fire the romance is strictly ‘emotional bond, long term’. I guess you could say there is a little bit or Paranormal bonding thrown in – but I don’t want to ruin the surprise!
Thanks for letting me stop by, and for hosting the Kiss of Fire blog tour.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
About the Author :
Rebecca Ethington has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then on stage with years of theatrical performances. The Imdalind Series is her first stint into the world of literary writing. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. She was born and raised in the mountains of Salt Lake City, and hasn’t found the desire to leave yet. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her amazing family.
Joclyn Despain has a scar. In fact, it is almost like a brand on her skin. She doesn’t know why it appeared on her neck, but she doesn’t want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won’t let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to.
The scar is the reason she is being hunted.
If only she knew that she was.
If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her. Now, she is being stalked by a tall blonde man, and is miraculously throwing her high school bully ten feet in the air.
Joclyn attempts to find some answers and the courage to follow her heart. When Ryland finds her scar; but he knows what it means, and who will kill her because of it.