The intimacy factor

The Escapades

by Nicole Murphy

One of the difficult things to do when writing romance is to build the emotional intimacy between the couple. In real life, it can take weeks, months for this to happen but in the fast pace of a romance novel (where you can go from stranger to happily ever after in just days), making that realistic is tough.

That’s why ‘forced proximity’ is such a valuable trope— it gives the author a valid excuse to plunge the hero and heroine into each other’s company in close quarters and build that intimacy quickly.

I used forced proximity in my sci-fi romance Winning the King. Diana and Gareth’s relationship has already had a bump, due to the fact that he believes the stories he’s heard of her and decides she flat out isn’t good enough for him. He needs to learn the truth about Diana, and learn it…

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