How do you establish trust between your heroine and hero? Especially in a contemporary, non-paranormal book. Most of my books have characters who have known each other for a long time—several years at least. But I find my paranormal and sci-fi books are having the same theme. As I get older, I'm having a hard time having my hero and heroine "meet in a bar" and hook up or whatever. Why? Cause people are just bitch assed crazy! I mean, what if he's a serial killer? What if he takes her and just disappears or sells her into slavery to some third world drug lord? What if he drugs her and cuts out her liver for the illegal organ market?
I mean, seriously!
I have a kid. I guess I'd just be alone with him for the rest of my life if I no longer had my husband because I simply don't trust people. If he's not someone I've known all my life, forget it. I'm not going anywhere with him that's not public and nowhere with my son with us.
As a younger woman, I didn't think twice about a new boyfriend. It was great.
So, is this something others feel strongly about? As an author of fiction, where anything can be true and the hero really is a knight in shining armor, I find myself compensating. In my latest book, as I was reading the proof, I noticed it quite a bit. The guy is on the run and suspected of being a cold-blooded killer, but she "just knows and trust him." I repeat several times how she trust her gut, and that she made her living by trusting her instincts. To me, it wasn't comfortable. If I had been the heroine, he stays chained to the wall, even if he is my only hope of living through the day. I'd rather die on my own terms than have someone make me miserable before I die.
Anyway, I just wondered if anyone else struggles with this.