Honestly, I wasn’t planning on adding ANY romance in my novel.
The thought of adding romance, flirting, crushes, romantic relationships, and things in my story sickens me.
The reason being because I NEVER experience romance ever and to have my characters experience it in healthy yet realistic way, makes me bitter and too hopeful.
Plus, too much lovey-dovey crap and romances takes too much from away the story for me.
Yet, I would love to change that and NOT make my characters slight copies of me in that regard.
Moving on, in Red Reign, the only couple among the main cast is Kali and Gisella. That screams unfair to me, because I refuse to have them as some token same-sex couple. They’re both women and they work as Knights and they’re married. Not to forget that they are different species.
But Kali and Gisella are the only ones married among the main cast. I have Faust who may develop romantic feelings and interest in Jorildyn as the story progresses. Jorildyn, however, has no interest in romance at all, since she is a Rhak.
Rhaks are interesting because they don’t have romantic feelings towards their own kind or any kind, but rather strong loyalty and compassion.
Kali and Gisella have their own personalities and they really click, but it is just nagging at me that they are the only couple among the main characters or at the moment.
I really need help in trying to understand how to add romance that WILL NOT take center stage in Red Reign. I am not a romantic person and nor do I want to be.
But if the story calls for it a little, then I can sprinkle it in there the proper way.
Originally, Kali and Gisella were going to be friends or something along those lines. I honestly wasn’t expecting to make them married couple.
I rather keep them married, but also make them not some token or glorified thing when it shouldn’t be.
What are your overall thoughts and feelings?
NOTE: Although it is a first draft, I still want to get things done right for when it comes time to make edits and revisions for later drafts.