You must have emotion in your romance novel. The more the better. Or so I though.
When writing Saying I Do to the Scoundrel, I put a bucket-full of emotion into one scene and added a sprinkle more just because I had tapped into something I could put a lot of heart into—the loss of someone in your family that you dearly loved.
Then one of the first readers of the manuscript responded with a request to take out the emotion. I wasn’t convinced, but I toned it down a bit.
I continued to go forward on the story, and after a break, I read it one last time. Then the emotion of the loss I’d written about hit me. I felt the pain. Delete. Delete. Delete.
Never again do I intend to write so intensely about the true loss of someone cared deeply about. Romance is about life, hope, love and happily ever afters…in my fictional world. I plan to keep it that way.