When I told a friend of mine that I was writing a book with a hero and heroine hovering around big 5-0, and she wrinkled her nose in distaste. Apparently ‘older people’ can’t be sexy. I pointed out that my own husband—the very same guy she once described as a hottie-hubby—is fifty-three. She was forced to make an exception to the rule.
But who made the rule?
Where did we ever get the idea that people forty aren’t sexy? Were we supposed to leave lust in the dust once after our first-annual thirty-ninth birthday? Oops. Nobody told me.
I’ve been flouting this rule since I wrote my first story. I was told over and over I’d never sell a story. And then I did.
The publishing world is slowly-but-surely breaking away from this way of thinking. Five of my six novels (Margaret Ethridge) feature heroes and heroines over 30. Six of my twelve Hot Nights in St. Blaise novellas do too. My most recent sale was for an erotic romance featuring a couple who are both past the half-century mark.
And who decided that the good stuff was only meant for the under-30 crowd? George Bernard Shaw said the ‘Youth is wasted on the young.’ It’s true. Things do get better with age.
How about you? Do you like your characters young and fresh, or do you think a little seasoning makes the story spicier? Comment below and I’ll draw one winner for a digital copy of the Harlequin-E Contemporary Boxed Set Volume 2, which includes my story, The Last First Date!