Those Pesky Love Triangles- Marie Andreas

Love triangles- those often pesky, always angst inducing, tidbits of trouble that pop up in movies and books.  Some are great, some are meh, and some are just plain awful.

For the most part readers either love them or hate them.  I have a friend who will give an author only a few chapters to resolve one or she will walk away from the book (and series).

I personally have never been a huge fan of them. For the most part I see them falling in two categories: 1) The one good guy, one bad, or 2) two good guys.  The first one bugs me because if the one guy is bad–then why in the heck is the heroine with him?  The author better have a dang good reason, otherwise I’m thinking we have a not-so-bright heroine here and I’m most likely to walk away from reading further.  The second one bugs me because oft times there really is no solid reason that we as readers can see as to why she picks one over the other.  Both are awesome, both seem perfect. Did she throw a dart?  All of a sudden she just picks one.

I personally would never really use one in my books because of my feelings about them as a reader.  I just didn’t see that many done really well.  But, this week-end I went to a one-day workshop with Michael Hauge (awesome- see him if you can!).  He examines the inner journey as part of his lecture.  And the main part of that journey is the transformation of the character from their “identity” (who they believe they are) into their “essence” (who they REALLY are).  That is the emotional arc for the length of your book.

For a great love triangle you need to have one “Essence” lover and one “Identity” lover.  In other words, one of the men reflects or is a part of the woman’s identity-who she thinks she is (or is trying to appear to be), the other reflects or is part of her essence–who she really is and will become (she just doesn’t know it yet).

A good example comes from one of the first Urban Fantasy authors, Laurel K. Hamilton.  In her Anita Blake series, the character starts out with two love interests of a sort- Jean-Claude (vampire) and Richard (werewolf) (this was waaaay before Twilight folks- Laurel K. started the trend ;)).

Anita is a necromancer/ vampire executioner who doesn’t want to think of her self as one of the monsters.  Richard, a High School teacher who passes for human whenever he can- is a great “identity” love interest.  He’s who she thinks she should be with because of who she thinks she is (not a monster).  Jean-Claude as all “monster”  he embraces being a vampire.  Anita finds herself drawn to him also because he is her “essence”-a monster (not in the bad sense- it’s how she sees things).

When Anita began being more drawn into her essence, she was pulled more towards Jean-Claude.  She’d get scared and run back to Richard, but then she’d go back to Jean-Claude as her sense of her true self grew.

If an author is able to clearly show this, to show how the one lover is in line with who the heroine will be at the end of the book (or series) then it wouldn’t make for a pesky love triangle- rather it’ll just make for damn fine reading :).





Sexual Volume and Self-Publishing- two great online workshops!

Some amazing online workshops are coming your way! To sign up for these, or any workshops, go to the main RWASD webpage at

First up: Pumping Up The Sexual Volume

Have you ever read your sex scenes and thought, eh? Do you pick up other author’s books and wish you could write those scorching hot love scenes? Maybe you just want to turn up the sexual heat a notch or two in your own writing? Then this is the class for you.

In Pumping Up The Sexual Volume we are going to talk about how to develop a sex scene step by step, give you some tools to accomplish just that, and then give you a chance to try it all out in a safe place where feedback will be provided.

Once this class is done you should be able to write sizzling hot love scenes that include:
• Simmering sexy kisses
• Ovation worthy oral sex
• Mind boggling intercourse
And it will all be done with purpose. This class is intended to be writing intensive, so get your fingers warmed up and your muses ready and raring to go!

CAUTION: This course is about sex. I will use graphic language and we may discuss sexual acts that you personally are uncomfortable with. Everyone has their comfort zone. I will do my best to keep the discussion on topic and pertinent to the class, but if you write inspirational or sweet romances—this is probably not the class for you. Consider yourself warned.

About the Instructor

Sorcha Mowbray is a mild mannered office worker by day…okay, so she is actually a mouthy, opinionated, take charge kind of gal who bosses everyone around; but she definitely works in an office. At night she writes romance so hot she sets the sheets on fire! Just ask her slightly singed husband.

She is a longtime lover of historical romance, having grown up reading Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught. Then she discovered Thea Devine and Susan Johnson. Holy cow! Heroes and heroines could do THAT? From there, things devolved into trying her hand at writing a little smexy. Needless to say, she liked it and she hopes you do too!

You can check out her books:

The Market Series The Edge One Night With A Cowboy
Love Revealed Mergers & Acquisitions Taking Her Chance
Love Redeemed Claiming His CowGirl
Love Reclaimed

Date: March 17th – April 4th
Cost: $30.00 (RWA-SD members) / $35.00 (non RWA-SD members)
Instructor: Sorcha Mowbray
Open to: All

And our second one for spring:

How I Self-Published My Way to PAN: The ABCs of Self-Publishing

Can you self publish your way to the NY Times Best Sellers List?

Editor, formatter, cover designer, etc.

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, Apple.
What is it and will it get my book in bookstores and libraries?

Tags, Description, Categories, Distribution, Royalties and much more.

How Do I Get My Book Noticed?
Why would I want to give my book away for Free?
Bonus: Is 99 cents the new free?

Instructor Bio

Karen J. Ritter is a full time author who supports herself with Indie Publishing and is consistently on numerous Amazon bestsellers lists. She writes under the pen name of Morgan Hannah MacDonald. Her titles SANDMAN, SPIRITS IN THE TREES, and SPIRITS AMONG US are available online in e-book format as well as trade paperback at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KOBO and Smashwords.

Date: April 1 – 30

Cost: $25.00 (RWA-SD members) / $30.00 (non RWA-SD members)
Instructor: Karen J. Ritter (Morgan Hannah MacDonald)
Open to: All

Go to for more information!