In this clip, BookBaby president Brian Felsen speaks with author Angela James about which components make or break romance fiction. James believes that too much attention paid to secondary characters detracts from the narrative. Romance derives its power from the close exploration of the emotional journey of one or two main characters. The more people you add to the mix, the less time you’ll have to build that journey in the reader’s mind.
Similarly, Angela James believes that readers are far more invested in characters’ internal conflicts, as opposed external hardships that may seem artificial or easily overcome. It’s the entrenched habits, hurts, and hopes of the hero and heroine that we connect with most.