So… one of my series-in-progress *cough Emberhawk cough cough* might have something in common with Void Born. Maybe. Or maybe not.
So I had to ask R.J. this question about my favorite element of Void Born. Which might or might not actually have anything to do with the story. *ahem*
RJ: Arranged marriages are trope that I do enjoy. It can be fun and exciting when it’s an arranged marriage where the reader already suspects that the couple are end-game, and we get to watch as the two go from “uugh, I don’t want to marry you” to “hey, we conspired to break this off, and you’re actually kinda cute” and then eventually “okay, don’t you dare leave my side, I actually want to marry you.” I love that slow burn of barely-disguised loathing to eventual partners and more.
Just as equally, I love the arranged marriages where it’s a disastrous, dangerous idea to begin with, and we get to watch the heroine or hero either finagle their way out, flee, or somehow escape the confines of such a binding contract. Then we get to see them become their own person, bold and beautiful and free. There’s an element of danger to this particular theme that sends shivers down my spine while also keeping me hooked as a reader.
And, I’m sure readers may already have suspected this with Renegade Skyfarer, I love when romance doesn’t start with butterflies and happiness. When there’s that friction, the sparks, the snark. Something that starts sharp and ends soft. With the thought of arranged marriages in fiction, I’d say that all the louder. I love when they start with a “there’s no way in heaven or hell will I ever even touch your hand” and then it slowly devolves into a “oh, they looked at me. And now my stomach is fluttery and my palms are sweating and what is going on here?!” Those are moments that make me cackle aloud and prance with my book and laugh some more before I continue reading. Now, I’m not saying that we’ll see arranged marriages in the series, but it is a fun sandbox to play in, and not all arranged marriages end in either of these two scenarios that I’m talking about here. ^_~