I’ve always like the philosophy behind Alfred Hitchcock’s stories. So much so that I’ve copied his philosophy and made it my own.
He took normal, well-adjusted, reasonable and reasonably happy people and threw them into situations that stretched their abilities, changed their priorities and increased their view of the world until they became different people.
That’s what I try to do with my books. No angst-driven heroes and heroines for me, I prefer people who are well-adjusted and intelligent. No horrible childhoods or terrible situations to overcome during the course of the story.
No, I like to set nice, normal people in situations that somehow change them and, in the process, I write a story that people like to read.
The result falls easily into the ‘clean and wholesome’ romance genre and I take the ‘clean and wholesome’ tag to mean not only no describing sex scenes, but also to refer to the characters themselves.
Yes, it’s harder to write such a story. I realize that the easiest story to write is one filled with horror and suffering. But I choose not to write that story. I choose to write stories about people everyone knows and likes. Normal people. Nice people.
My stories may be considered ‘light’ reading because there are no tragedies inherent in them. That’s fine with me as long as readers come to know and like my characters and to enjoy the story.
After all, that’s what storytelling is about. Interesting characters thrust into interesting situations. I think my stories qualify. My readers seem to think so.