The Quiet Moments by Kimber Chin
17 years ago this Friday, the hubby and I first met. It was love at first sight. There were fireworks and passion and quiet moments. Yes, quiet moments. For me, that is romance. It isn't about flowers or chocolate or big, big actions. It is when your husband-to-be reaches for the remote and you give him your hand instead.
As romance writers, we're taught to have quiet moments between the action scenes. Many people think of these as filler, a break, a place for readers to catch their breaths. I think of them as when love, real lasting love, happens. It is a glimpse into what the couple's love will look like decades from now.
My favorite part of Lisa Kleypas' Devil In Winter is when St. Vincent is working on paperwork and he, without thinking, picks up Evie's hand and rubs it over his face. The action isn't done with any conscious purpose. It is done purely for love. I can re-read that passage a million times and still get that 'awwww…' feeling.
In Flawless, between the killing, the cussing, and the knife throwing, my hero spends his evenings watching tv with his Grace and rubbing her feet.
"He lay his head back, closed his eyes, feeling her soft little instep, listening to her snores, like big a-- waves slamming against the sea wall. The most beautiful sound in the world."
These are normal (for them) moments. I know, years from now, he'll still be watching tv with his soon-to-be wife and rubbing her feet.
Done right, quiet moments can have as much emotional punch as a dozen action scenes. If a book has one quiet moment done right, it can completely change my perception of the story and characters.
Do you like quiet moments in your romance stories or do you, as one of my buddies does, skim over them? Would you like more of them or should they be eliminated completely? If you do like them, what are some of your favorite scenes?
Kimber Chin writes contemporary romances set in the sexy world of business. Her latest novel, Flawless, is the love story of a killer. To read more about Kimber Chin’s novels, please visit http://businessromance.com/