Another great example is the Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks’ film (I see a pattern emerging here!) called You’ve Got Mail also written by Nora Ephron as well as Miklos Laszlo. In this movie, although the couple- Joe and Kathleen- have met through their bookstore dominance battle, their emotional connection develops through emails. Kathleen is duped into exchanging messages with an undercover Joe whose purpose grows from corporate espionage to genuine feelings as they open up to one another. They fall in love solely through these intellectual and emotional exchanges as they reveal their true fears, feelings and dreams. Their love story is intimate and deeply romantic, despite the lack of physicality.
So how do Heartwarming authors create unforgettable love stories without physical intimacy beyond hand-holding, kisses, and hugs? As I’m a character-driven story-teller, I begin with relatable characters that have meaningful internal and external conflicts that keep them from finding love. I then imagine experiences that will build the trust they need to resolve those conflicts. Emotionally intimate, soul-revealing scenes are, hands down, my favorite to write. There is nothing more beautiful than being told you are loved after sharing your darkest secrets, thoughts, worries, and flaws. To know that despite this, and even because of this, you are accepted and loved for who you really are brings tears to my eyes.
The phrase, ‘laid bare’ means to reveal something that was previously kept secret. Just as physical intimacy renders a couple vulnerable, emotional and mental intimacy makes the individuals feel bare as well. The reader shares in the fear that perhaps the heroine has risked too much, only to rejoice when she discovers that she was right to follow her heart.
I couldn’t be prouder to write for such an intimate, romantic line as Heartwarming and I know our fans will fall in love with our stories. Please share your favorite romance movie, miniseries, or book that features emotional intimacy with me in the comment section below and be entered to win Lee McKenzie’s beautiful Heartwarming romance MAGGIE’S WAY, an autographed bookmark for my upcoming YA romance CAMP BOYFRIEND, and friendship bracelets, one for you and one to share. The winner will be announced on this blog tomorrow as well as on my author Facebook page www.facebook.com/JKRockwriters. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on the topic and for offering suggestions for movies or books :)