For most of my life I was quite skeptical of love at first sight. I was never a fan of the device in novels. I don’t think I’ve written a book where the hero and heroine are struck with the love bug, although I have used love at first sight for secondary characters and back story. (For instance, the heroine’s parents saw each other and BAM, they knew.)
Certainly there have been times in my writing life where a character looks back and realizes that he or she knew from the first moment that something was different. Of course hindsight is, as they say, 20-20. In my most recent novel BEAUTY AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER, the hero does think, in retrospect:
There’d never been any question of leaving her behind. From the first instant he’d seen her, he’d yearned.
Standing in the rain, which traced like tears down her agonizingly pale face, the pain she had not yet learned to conceal stark in her brilliant green eyes. He’d wanted to make that pain go away, and he’d gone about it the only way he knew how.
I just returned from a trip to White Plains, New York (where I made it out a whisper before the hurricane) where I fell in love at first sight. Which made me think of the other times I “just knew.”
Here’s my husband (IV or Italian Viking as we call him here on the mount) and I on one of our first dates. How could I resist that Fu Man Chu?
Fast forward several years and I fell in love with this little person. (Yes, I look very thrilled. All I can say is “Frank Breach Birth-natural delivery, no drugs.” I AM a goddess)
My third incidence of love at first sight occurred nearly three years later. (See my adoring glance at IV? MUCH easier birth that time.)
Most recently my heart was lost for this. How could it now be? Look at that face. (According to my family, I have totally lost my mind over Reggie. There are worse things.)
And now–drumroll please. My newest incidence of love at first sight. I was walking to Starbucks, minding my own business when suddenly . . . “Pink boots!” They are now mine.
Do you believe in love at first sight? Have you ever fallen in love at first glance? Do you like books where love at first sight happens?