This week’s guest is Sharon Page. Sharon is the USA Today Bestselling author of The Club. She writes for Dell (Random House), Kensington, and Ellora’s Cave, and writes both very sensual and erotic romance. Her stories feature seductive regency rakes or sexy tortured vampires from both the past and the present.
Sharon has graciously agreed to give away a copy of Blood Deep to one lucky Silk and Shadows haunter, so be sure to get your comments in today!
Thanks so much to all the Silk and Shadows authors for having me here, especially to Annette McCleave for the invitation. Annette and I belong to the same RWA chapter and when she announced her first sale last year, I was beyond thrilled.
This week’s topic is terrific. What a great idea to explore how authors really feel about ‘happily ever after’.
I love writing happy endings which, of course, lead up to the phrase, ‘and they lived happily ever after’. (I don’t write that, but it’s implied.) Do I think it can come true? I suppose that depends on how you define ‘happily ever after’.
I’ve been fortunate in many ways. My husband and I have been together for twenty years. I love spending time with him. We both work from home, so often behave, as a friend of mine described it, like two kids talking and laughing at the back of a high school class. My parents have been together for more than fifty years—of course, they’ve had ups and downs, bad times and good. But they’ve faced all those things together. My husband’s parents had also been married for almost fifty years, and it was only his father’s death that parted them.
My writing career has been chugging toward a happy ending. I’ve realized my dream of becoming published in 2004, I will have 10 books in print by the end of this year, and I made the USA Today Bestseller list this spring with The Club. The Club is the story of Lady Jane Beaumont, who on a desperate search for her missing friend Del, enters London’s most secretive Gentleman’s Club—only to encounter a sinful, notorious rake on a rescue mission of his own.
Does ‘happily ever after’ mean you’ll realized all your dreams? I believe it involves discovering which dreams are the really important ones.
When my husband’s father was diagnosed with cancer, doctors told him he wouldn’t have long to go (in the end, he lived for 6 years longer than expected). He sat down to make a list of all the things he should do while he had time. Then he realized he would be happiest if he was doing exactly what he was already doing—working around the house and on his garden, enjoying his hobbies, spending his time with family and friends. World travel or other exotic things were not what he really wanted.
‘And they lived happily ever after’ is the reward for all the trials and tribulations in the story—it implies that everything from then on is peaceful for the hero and heroine. There’s no more stress or fear. In paranormals, where the hero and heroine have risked their lives and possibly saved the world, the idea of never having to do battle again is appealing. Obviously real life can’t be like that. We know life will involve sickness, death, sorrow, fear, or financial problems, along with the good times. But how can those be a part of a ‘happily ever after’?
I love reading and writing happy endings because of the emotional rush they give me—I cry poignant tears, I laugh with joy, I sigh with pleasure. As a writer, I want my readers to believe my characters will have a happy ending because they will last for the long haul. They will weather those bad times together. Each one will be the other’s support. What makes readers buy into that? They’ve seen each character go through pain and fear, battles and suffering, and survive. But mainly they’ve seen the hero and heroine grow, change, and become stronger people who are able to embrace love.
On a lighter note, I have a ‘happy ending’ of myself coming up—I’m sending the revisions in for my upcoming sensual historical from Dell, The Last Seduction, tomorrow.
Today, I’m celebrating the release day of my newest erotic vampire romance, Blood Deep, from Kensington Aphrodisia, set in Regency England. This story completely fed my addiction to write happy endings.
My heroes were the villains from the two previous books of the series (yes, there are two heroes in Blood Deep as it’s a menage story). Zayan is a former Roman General who has suffered with guilt and pain over the murders of his children for two thousand years. Lukos is a former Saxon warrior who had to sacrifice his life to enter the mysterious Scholomance, the School of the Devil, so he could learn dark magic to save his people. He escaped imprisonment after a thousand years—and learned his sister was given to Lucifer as a prisoner too. The heroine, Miranda has discovered she has the power to resurrect the dead, and a society of vampire slayers wants to kill her to destroy her magic. ‘Happily ever after’ for Miranda, Zayan, and Lukos is definitely hard won.
How about you—do you believe in happily ever after? Have you read any romances that left you feeling the hero and heroine wouldn’t survive life’s tough times?