It’s no secret that I write dark, twisty stuff. I write about serial killers and murdery mayhem and psychopaths and sociopaths, and it's pretty obvious that I'm drawn to the sinister side of human nature.
But who says I don't love a good romance?
In terms of genre romance, I might not write it or read very much of it, but I can't deny that I love when romantic elements pop up in a story. Maybe it's because I'm nosy by nature – I always want to know who's doing it with whom, even though I know it's none of my goddamned business.
But the thing is, I prefer when it's not the main story line. I like romance (and sex) best when it's part of the undercurrent supporting the bigger picture. I like my lovey bits to be a spice, not an entrée. Just like I enjoy my steaks with Montreal seasoning, so too do I enjoy my mystery/thriller/suspense/crime novels with a certain dose of romantic tension.
In my current WIP – well, I can't tell you much about it yet, lest I jinx it – there's a new romance budding between a police detective and the quirky medical examiner as they pore over dead body after dead body. It's nowhere near the main storyline, and not something I planned for, but I literally couldn't seem to stop them from falling in love. (Making goo-goo eyes over a decomposing corpse? I did warn you that I gravitate toward the dark and twisted.)
Romantic elements can add an interesting layer to the plot, allowing us to see sides of the characters we wouldn't otherwise get to see, which can then enrich character motivation and other main elements of the story.
What about you? Do you like those lovey bits that sometimes pop up in thrilling stories, or would you prefer to "kill" the romance?