Q&A with Bonnie K. Winn!
Q: What makes babies and children excellent secondary characters in romance novels?
A: For me, family is at the heart of love. How children and babies impact a relationship brings a romance novel to life. Whether it’s a natural or adopted child, this small person can bring out the best in a character, revealing the tenderness in a strong hero or the vulnerability of an equally strong heroine. Children teach us to be humble. They can open the most tightly locked heart. They look at life with unjaded eyes, reminding us of what is possible. We are, of course, different people at different stages of life and our characters are as well. The wealth of love between a couple can be tested or multiplied when a child becomes an essential element in the book. We can see beyond just the attraction to all the layers the characters possess. What’s more fascinating than watching a character grow and change as they must learn to adapt?
And, each child gives us the opportunity to fall in love with that youngster, rooting for their happiness, cheering when their family’s made whole. Irresistible, precocious, even challenging, each child makes me appreciate my own family, and reminds me why I fell in love with romance novels. In their pages, love of all shapes and sizes is celebrated. And there’s always enough love to go around.