Every story I have ever written has had huge portions of romance. My novels don’t quite fall under the category of Romance because the love story, while important, isn’t the only facet of the book. But I love a good romance. I love writing one too.
In this day and age, when stories about Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tiger Woods abound, I was attracted to the idea of a man who is so devoted to his wife that he cannot move on. He loves her so much that no other woman will ever do for him. That was the original germ for the idea for Her Dear & Loving Husband—a man who loves his wife that much. Forever. Too good to be true? In real life, maybe. But not for James Wentworth and Sarah Alexander. Their love spans eternity.
In Her Dear & Loving Husband, James Wentworth has a secret he’s hiding from everyone—he’s a vampire, you see—and he can’t let that get around for fear of how the humans would react. He’s seen a lot in his 349 years, and he knows how people can dissolve into madness if they don’t understand something. He still mourns the loss of his beloved wife Elizabeth, who died under tragic circumstances. One night he meets Sarah Alexander, who happens to look just like Elizabeth. Through knowing Sarah and slowly allowing her to know him, he rediscovers true love. But there’s a catch. It isn’t just that James finally falls for a new girl. It’s that James finally connects with his destiny.
Destiny is a big word as far as love stories go. Many of us hope to find that special someone who will love us forever and always. Most of us like the idea of a soul mate, someone who was made just for us and us for them. That is part of the joy of writing romances. In romances, magic happens and anything is possible, especially when it comes to love.
Meredith Allard is the author of Her Dear & Loving Husband and the executive editor of The Copperfield Review, a journal for readers and writers of historical fiction. Her short fiction and articles have appeared in journals such as The Paumanok Review, Muse Apprentice Guild, Wild Mind, Moondance, and Writer’s Weekly. She has taught writing to students aged 10 to 60, and she has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction at Learning Tree University and UNLV. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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