Would you think twice about purchasing a book if the cover depicted a man with graying or totally gray hair and an attractive mature heroine? An aging biker and a fiftyish Marian the Librarian wearing sensible shoes? What would happen if the aging biker rescued Marian from a mugger? What if they hadn’t seen each other in thirty years and he regrets—oh heck, before I plot out an entire book, I think I’d better finish this blog.
That’s right, both the hero and heroine have been around the block or at least glanced longingly at it and wished they had been brave enough, once upon a time to throw away the map and have an adventure.
The hero/heroine may have been so focused on their career that they never married or their marriage didn’t survive their demanding workload. They might be widowed or divorced or surprised that someone might think of them as a love interest. They may have children or not. Whatever is going on in your character’s lives, they have reached a point where they’ve realized that change is inevitable and necessary.
If this is a romance, they will be making some hard choices that will probably include being forced to consider life without the person who has been driving them insane through most of the book.
Wait a minute. What makes a romance between these fiftyish contemporaries so different from any other romance? Nothing—except the age of the protagonists and their unique perspective of whatever problem gets thrown at them.
The possibilities for an interesting story and fascinating characters are endless and that is fodder for any writer’s imagination—which is probably why I stopped working on this blog for a minute and started jotting down the story inspired by Marian the Librarian. I’m a hopeless romantic.
But then again, maybe I’m just hopeful. It isn’t that I can’t admire or want to read about a thirty-something hero and heroine but I’m looking at situations from a different perspective these days and I wouldn’t mind reading about a sexy, fiftyish hero falling for someone in his immediate age group.
Most of us are familiar with the older hero/younger heroine and even the younger hero/older heroine theme, but what if both protagonists were closer to fifty? Would the character’s age matter if the story was compelling and the excerpt intrigued you or would age be the deal-breaker as to whether or not you wanted to read past the blurb?
Until next month,
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