I write romantic comedy, but comedy is often dredged from some of the least humorous of life’s events. In my book, Life in a Nutshell, you meet Riley Jones, a newly divorced, mid thirty-ish woman, who is trying to pull her life back together.
Beneath the sting of the shower she heard traffic grumbling by, coming to a slow rest at the stop sign on the corner, then gearing up and crawling away. If only it were as easy to wash away the memories…
Riley pressed her forehead to the shower wall, resting, just as traffic had, her thoughts slowing to a dull grind. Pulsating water melted the stress from her neck, back and shoulders, spiraling it silently down the drain. She let herself slide down the wall to form a puddle on the shower floor, melting a little herself, it seemed.
If the entire book had been written in the above context, it would have been a depressing story. That’s too much pressure to put on any reader.
She woke to the sight of her panties flying round and round, waving like a banner at the end of a ceiling fan blade, and she knew, she just knew, it was going to be a really strange day.
When you add a little levity, as I did in the paragraph above, it allows the reader to come up for air, to shed some of the weightiness of a situation.
A good romantic comedy will put the pressure on, take it off, and put it on again. Reading should be like a roller coaster ride, fast paced, with a series of high and lows to move the story forward.
What are some of the qualities you think a good book should have? Feel free to comment, I’m open to discussion.