Most romances are written about young people, teens or twenty-somethings. This holds true not only on the Wattpad platform but also in the realm of commercial entertainment.
Why? Young love sells because it's hot, new, and exciting. Readers live vicariously through characters by capturing (or recapturing) feelings filled with wonder, discovery, and that first dizzying jumble of emotions.
When men and women mature, get married, have kids, sometimes divorce and remarry, or lose spouses to death, they acquire practical wisdom based on life experience. Faced with starting over, mature adults have already been there and done that. They tend to pursue romance in a more pragmatic manner, making their stories less exciting to read; therefore, less likely to sell.
As an author, I decided to challenge myself. Could I write a romantic mystery novel about a current day baby boomer, capturing the emotional intensity and tension of people older, more experienced, and with decades of baggage? Could I attract readers to the story and get them to empathize with my older characters?
Geezer and the Widow is the answer to my self-imposed challenge, and I spent most of 2019 crafting this story. I hope you'll give it a try and find it as fun to read as I found it to write. Being a member of the boomer generation provided me perspective, enabling me to present a character authentic to my era while also injecting some age-related humor. That being said, if you ever meet me in real life, you'll find I'm not nearly as crusty as my protagonist. At least, I hope I'm not!
This story will be available exclusively on Wattpad at least through the 2020 Wattys season. It's never been published before, and you won't find it anywhere else.
Names, characters, and incidents are the product of my imagination. Although some of the geographic locations mentioned are real, any resemblance to places of business, events, or persons living or dead is entirely coincidental or used fictitiously.
Geezer and the Widow, Copyright © 2020 by Dennis Royer, @dennisroyer
Cover photo credit: Shutterstock/illius
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Geezer and the WidowMystery / Thriller
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