It’s April again and that means it’s time for the A to Z challenge and this year, my theme for the A to Z Challenge is characters and narrators.
P is for Paramour
Merriam Webster defines a paramour as “a person with whom someone is having a romantic or sexual relationship and especially a secret or improper relationship.”
Oh my, that seems like it’s right up the romance genre’s alley..
And it is 😉
In romance novels, the young heroine is often seduced thoroughly (honestly, who wants a half-assed seduction?) by a dashing paramour…and they live happily ever after.
But outside of the romance genre, and even in some stories within the genre, the paramour isn’t necessarily a hero(ine). As with any character, the paramour is flexible. He or she may only be a plot device (telling our hero/heroine of the true nature of their spouse/partner), an informant on the antagonist’s movements, the key in unraveling the antagonist, a rival/antagonist, or someone’s alibi in a murder mystery.
When writing them, I think the most important thing to highlight other than their obvious <ahem> skills, would be their facial expressions. A knowing smile spread slowly across the paramour’s lips or a plump pout of lips….these may sometimes be overdone, but my oh my are they ever so much fun in any proper paramour.
Happy Saturday. 🙂