Writing Military Romance (Jennifer Lowery)
What do you like most about writing military romance?
The heroes. They are protectors. They put their lives on the line to serve and protect and they don’t flinch. They do it for us. And that is the true meaning of a hero. Someone who will die for you. My heroes will die for my heroines and that is the most amazing story to write. Although, it creates some tension for my heroines, lol.
- How did you find yourself writing this genre? Do you have a personal connection to the characters or the armed forces?
No, no connection to the armed forces personally, but have always felt a strong connection to the men and women who serve. I owe my freedom to them and not a day goes by I don’t honor them.
I didn’t start out writing military romance. In fact, I jumped genre to genre. I actually began writing historicals with Scottish Highlanders, then jumped to paranormal, some contemporary, but noticed my heroes all had one thing in common: they all had military backgrounds. They were all alphas. And all protectors. I was so happy to have found my genre I jumped for joy, lol. Finding your voice isn’t always easy. I haven’t stopped writing since and I love it more than anything! Of course, writing has been my dream ever since I can remember so I guess you can say I have the best job ever! Who wouldn’t want to spend every day writing sexy military heroes? *wink*
- Do you write in other genres, and if so, what ones?
Oops, I think I answered this already. Right now I write military romance and Romantic Suspense, but all of my heroes are military.
- Do you find any “spillover” effect of the heroes from other genres you write?
I’ll let you know if I ever write in another genre, lol.
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Writing Military Romance (Anne Marsh)
1. What to you like most about writing military romance? I love writing the stories about what happens after the hero (or heroine) comes home from a deployment. They’ve been warriors and fighters, with the scars (physical and mental) to prove it, but now they have to fight to fit in, to have that home life and happily-ever-after. Tye, the hero of Smoking Hot, may have come home physically unscathed by his deployment in Afghanistan, but he can’t forget what happened on his last mission there and coming to terms with that is an important part of the book.
2. How did you find yourself writing this genre? Do you have a personal connection to the characters or the armed forces? Growing up in New England, I had very little exposure to the armed forces. My father served an obligatory two years in the British Air Force, but that was years ago and not something he ever talked about (other than explaining how many slices of white bread they had him eating to bulk up whenever my mother complained about his diet). I married into a military family, however, and the guests at my mother-in-law’s house were often retired military, usually U.S. Marine Corp. My husband had grown up on base and serving was simply part of every day life. I fell in love with the mix of pragmatism, heroics, and men and women stepping up to do what needed to be done.
3. Do you write in other genres, and if so, what ones? In addition to contemporary romance, I also write paranormal romance.
4. Do you find any “spillover” effect of the heroes from other genres you write? Absolutely. A hot alpha male is still a hot alpha male… although the paranormal heroes get to be a little more hands-on in their take-charge attitudes. Both my paranormal and my contemporary heroes are fighters, however, who will defend their loved ones to their last breath.
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