Many years later, I talked my husband into season tickets for a block of Shakespeare's plays at a theater in Phoenix. It took some talking. I was so glad I'd struggled to understand his style years before. Listening to the actors on stage took a great deal of concentration to fully enjoy play. My husband wasn't quite so enamored with Shakespeare.
The course of true love never did run smooth. ~ William Shakespeare
And never will, especially in novel form, thank you Mr. Shakespeare. Our romance novels would be quite boring if all that happened was boy meets girl, boy gets girl. The romance genre does depend on the happily ever after ending, but getting there should be a tumultuous journey that excites and sweetens the ending.
They didn't call any of Shakespeare's stories romance back then. But he'd certainly score big in the romance genre nowadays is my guess. Although, his hero and heroine didn't always get their HEA. Romeo and Juliet can still bring me to tears.
Book Two in the Love and Murder Series
Released January 7, 2015
Writing murder mysteries is all in a day's work until an obsessed fan brings Phoebe's stories to life.