Look, it's me, petting a skunk! I never expected to do that on a visit to a zoo.
This past weekend, a reader told me that she had read The Bartered Bride and really enjoyed it, and was re-reading it already. One of the things she liked was the unexpected turns in the story.
Made me happy! There needs to be a sense of inevitability with a romance, but never a sense of predictability. Though there are set expectations brought to the table by romance readers, they also demand originality and they long to be surprised. They want the familiar brought to them in a fresh way.
What a great challenge! I LOVE writing romance!
Question for you...have you ever petted a skunk? If not, what is the most exotic animal you've been close to?