Seasoned romance? Are you ever too old?
I’ve noticed many romance novels tend to be about younger people. It’s widely suggested that people become less interesting and less likely to fall in love as they age which, given the men and women over 40 in my life, I know that isn’t true!
I wanted to write a romance novel that was about two people in their 60s. Both have a history. Ellen lost her husband on 911. Silas lost his wife in a hit-and-run on an otherwise beautiful day in New York. Both have decided their time has been and gone. Their former partners live rent-free in their heads, guiding each step of the way.
A life-changing health scare for Silas, and Ellen losing her job finds both deciding there must be more to life. Loose ends and unfulfilled bucket list dreams can’t be set aside for later.
Stop looking back
I’m really looking forward to seeing how people react to Silas and Ellen. So many authors seem to be writing about younger people, and so, I thought I’d go back to the future and write a story about two older people finding love in the present. How happiness happens when we stop looking back and living in the past.
I gather this type of book is also called seasoned romance, and typically features characters who are 35 and older – way to make me feel ancient! Although their age is a part of their story (and how they came to be in their present situation), I also want to shine a light on how two people who have grown antsy with their lives can take chances. How it’s simply never too late.
My new romantic comedy ‘Ghosted‘ is out on 31 October – though it’s nothing to do with ghosts and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night. It’s a Christmas romance, set onboard a gay cruise. A romantic comedy to restore your faith in human nature.