Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Guest Blog: Olivia Kingsley on HEROES AND COURTSHIP
As long as the attentions are at least somewhat welcome and doesn't cross the line into outright stalking, we love it. And why not? Being pursued makes you feel wanted and desirable. It's flattering and exciting. Under the right circumstances, it makes the man seem more attractive, since going after what you want is an indication of strength and determination, and strong men are undeniably sexy.
When writing a story where the hero spends quite a bit of time actively courting the heroine, I found it a challenge to not go too far and make readers dislike him or her...or both! Despite having convinced herself she doesn't want to marry, Georgie can't hide her emotional and physical attraction to Robert, which of course encourages him to think he can win her over. But as she continues to refuse him, how long can he keep pursuing her without sacrificing his dignity?
I've heard many modern versions of such courtship, true stories from friends, family and other acquaintances. I've also heard stories of men (and women) taking the chase too far, giving attention where it's not wanted. It's a very fine line to walk, I think. Being pursued can be wonderful; being stalked is not.
I'm curious, have you ever been chased, and if so, did you like it? Do you prefer being pursued, or do you like to do the chasing yourself? How do you feel about a romance novel hero who goes to great lengths to woo the heroine?
I'm very excited about the release of PRETTY PERSUASION, my first novel! To celebrate, I'm giving away an ebook copy to one person who leaves a comment. The winner will be picked at random and announced here tomorrow.
For more info about me and PRETTY PERSUASION, please visit my website at http://www.oliviakingsley.com/. You can also follow me on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Olivia-Kingsley/170318706370033) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/OliviaKingsleyA), and until the end of the month, I'm running another contest on Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/16694-pretty-persuasion), with 3 chances to win the paperback version of my book.