Who knows what men are thinking?

I know, I know. Romances typically shift from her point of view to his and then back and so on. Nora Roberts and Susan Mallery are amazing at this. Honestly, I love to read that style of narration and truly admire authors who can pull it off. However, I’m not one of them. I find I’m more authentic and a whole lot funnier when I write in first person from the heroine’s POV.

male-female-brainIs it limiting? Sure, because you don’t get “in the head” of the hero. But come on, do you really want to be in a guy’s head anyway? Who knows what’s going on in there? They could be thinking how hot you look and how much they appreciate all that pilates to keep your muscles long and lean. They could be thinking about hitting the drive-thru and getting a double cheeseburger. Men are a mystery to me. And that’s what I like about them.

Oscar Wilde (a notorious bad-boy playwright from Victorian *gasp!* England) once said, “The very essence of romance is uncertainty.” I like this idea, and I like NOT knowing what’s in the guy’s head. That way it’s a surprise when he declares his undying devotion. Sigh.

Seen entirely from the heroine’s POV, stories are more real to me–perhaps because I truly only know what’s happening in my head. It’s not that I lack imagination, and I have written a few novels that go back and forth in limited third person POV, but I’m more natural when I ramble about and have fun in the heroine’s brain.

Am I a rule breaker for writing romance in the first person? Maybe just a little. But I hope readers enjoy a change from the classic female/male POV and enjoy a first person narrative now and then.


Here’s an early cover reveal: In June, the novel that’s been in my head for a decade is finally coming out! There’s a little motel in my lakeside town called The Gull Motel. It finally took book form and I’m really excited about it! Guess what? It’s written in first person from the perspective of the female heroine, Savvy, who “inherits” a shabby beach motel on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Because of the perspective, we know exactly what she thinks, but we sure do wonder about the hot man who bought the bar next door.



Who knows what men are thinking? — 3 Comments

  1. I never thought I’d like a romance written in first person until I read Lisa Kleypas’s Travis family series, which is written in each heroine’s POV. I totally loved it (still have to read the last book in the series which came out in January.) Ms. Kleypas was good at giving us insight into what the men were thinking about, though I have to admit that once in a while I wanted to know what was going on in Jack Travis’s sexy head!

    I say if it’s working for you, go with it! Best of luck with the new release.

  2. I’m a diehard chick lit fan, so I enjoy romances written in first-person. My first romance was written in first person, which was important because I needed the hero to be a bit of a mystery. With the second book I used alternating viewpoints, third-person. I liked being in both character’s heads and will probably keep that style for the next few stories. But I’m definitely not ruling first person out in the future. :-)

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