I often get asked fun questions when I tell people I’m a romance novelist.
You write Christian romance novels? How do you…you know…write all the sexy parts?
I always laugh and say, “I don’t!”
There are a lot of misconceptions about the genre. For instance, I write contemporary romance novels for Harlequin’s Love Inspired line, which has strict guidelines regarding sexual content and clean language. Does this mean my characters are boring or, worse, weak?
Of course not!
A sweet romance keeps the emphasis on the emotional side of romance. Physical attraction and chemistry is important, but it’s not the main focus—falling in love is.
Characters in a romance show their strength through thoughts, words and actions. I admire heroines who want something really badly and work hard to get it even when faced with setbacks. These women don’t just drift along when life throws curveballs. They fight for what they want.
A strong heroine doesn’t have to do everything on her own. Part of falling in love is building a partnership. But the journey is never smooth. There’s a reason she believes she can’t have a relationship with the hero, and she tries to avoid getting hurt by protecting her heart.
She also challenges the hero. Sometimes this requires her to evaluate her dreams, to figure out if her goal is causing her to throw away her chance at love. My favorite heroine finds a way to have both—her dreams and the guy.
Her real strength comes when she allows herself to be vulnerable. She takes a chance on the hero. Decides a future with him is worth the risk of getting hurt.
Because in the end, the hero is exactly who she needs. He pushes her to be her best self.
What do you think makes a heroine strong?
Jill’s latest release, Unexpected Family, is out now and is the perfect autumn release.
Jill Kemerer writes contemporary romance novels with love, humor and faith. A full time writer, she relies on coffee and chocolate to keep up with her kids’ busy schedules. Besides spoiling her mini-dachshund, Jill adores magazines, M&Ms, fluffy animals and long nature walks. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children.