Is that song in your head now? :)
I’m seeing some discussion on the ACFW loop today about weddings in romance fiction. Here’s the scoop on them for Heartsongs:
Right now, we are requiring that each Heartsong story have a wedding. That’s because the plan is to repackage most Heartsongs into collections that are titled with the state name they take place in and either weddings for contemporary stories or brides for historicals. (See my post from January 5th for a more detailed explanation.) So if we use brides or weddings in a title, it makes sense, of course, that the stories include these elements.
But there is some misconception out there that every Heartsong wedding has to come at the end of the book as the final scene. Not so. Sure, it’s probably easiest to just place it there, but it tends to get a bit monotonous, too. I’m always open to other suggestions! I’d love to see some new creative ways to include the nuptials. Maybe the wedding happens in chapter 4 or 6 or 8 instead of the epilogue. And I’m not married (haha, sorry!) to the idea that the wedding has to be between the hero and the heroine. Maybe secondary characters are the bride and groom. Maybe the hero and heroine first meet at a wedding. Maybe the heroine loves dogs and marries off her black lab to the handsome poodle down the street. Well, maybe not. :) But please, surprise me with some new spins on the required wedding/bride elements. With all your creative minds out there, I’m sure we can find some fresh ways to incorporate them and still leave readers sighing contentedly at the end of another sweet love story.
(The photo is from my wedding on St. Augustine Beach, Florida. We got married September 10, 2004, just a couple days after Hurricane Frances hit. That adventure is a Heartsong story I need to write!)