Friday, January 10th, 2014
Congratulations Sarah MacLean! This New York Times bestselling romance writer just had her first baby on December 17. Right before she went into labor–literally a few hours–she wrote this sweet blog post for me pondering the questions, ‘Do babies make romance better?’
What do you think about this steamy subject (see what others thought about keeping romance alive here)? Here’s what Sarah, author of several books and most recently No Good Duke Goes Unpunished: The Third Rule of Scoundrels has to say:
“As a romance novelist, I have a rather skewed view of babies. You see, they don’t typically fit into the classic structure of the romance novel—romance is about two people finding each other and falling in love against insurmountable odds. Babies…well…babies are complicated.
That’s not to say that babies don’t have their eventual place in most romances. In fact, they have a very clear and very prescribed place in most of them. They live in the epilogue. After all, what better proof of commitment and love than having a baby? Than creating a family? What better marker of forever than a third character being introduced to the play?
In seven books, I’ve written my fair share of baby epilogues. Pregnancies and births and even grandchildren have made an appearance in the final pages of my books.
And then, nine months ago, something happened.
I was epilogued.
Now, I’m 34. And while my husband and I have been together for more than a decade, it doesn’t feel like we’re at the end of our story. And while I’m happy for fictional babies to come at the back of the book…I’d much prefer for our baby to live in the middle of our love story. Even better if she arrive at its beginning of a new chapter. (more…)Add a Comment