Second chance romance is a popular trope that covers a lot of situations. A chance to make up after a split. A second chance at love for “older” heroines. Another chance for love after heartbreak or trauma. Second chances come in many forms and readers love to experience them. Learn how to build your character’s backstory and make their second chance extra satisfying for your readers.
1. What kind of second chance does your character desire?
2. Determining the risks and rewards for your characters.
3. Healing from trauma and loss – identifying the obstacles to love
3. Building a backstory – why is your character in this situation?
4. Make the reader care – how they can become invested in your character’s journey
Deborah A Bailey has presented various writing workshops for SavvyAuthors.com and the Sayreville Public Library, including topics such as Writing Your Book in First Person POV, Creating Intimate Scenes Without Going All the Way and Introduction to Self-Publishing.
Her science fiction and paranormal romance novels include suspense, a bit of mystery and a lot of romantic heat. Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun and are included in, Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales. Website: https://dbaileycoach.com/brightbooks
The gate is the entrance to the Mary Huber School for Girls where my heroine, Kristen Delaney, worksâ€¦sheâ€™s been feeding homeless vets with leftover food as a way of keeping her husbandâ€™s memory alive (he was killed in Afghanistan)â€“this is a very difficult Christmas Eve for her and her little girl Rachelâ€¦until this soldier shows up!!
Hereâ€™s a short scene where we first meet him. Kristen gets a funny feeling when she sees a tall man walking toward herâ€¦
“She pulled her steering wheel hard to the right to avoid colliding with the tall man bundled up in a black field jacket and khaki pants, a duffel bag strapped on his back, his broad shoulders dusted with falling snow.
“She stuck her head out of the window to give him a piece of her mind and then stopped.
â€œSomething about him made her stare at him. He had that swagger she knew so well. Military. Seeing him touched a nerve. Another homeless vet. Kristen shook her head, understanding. He was the third one this week looking for a hot meal.
“Not surprising on Christmas Eve.â€
Who is the handsome soldier? And how is he tied to Kristen’s past?
Dead and forgotten.
Angry, frustrated, he tried to reach out and grab it, but whatever his buddy said to him before he died remained silent and still in his mind.
When would he remember? When?”
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