Meet the Lovely Cape Town Author, Therese Beharrie!

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I met Therese for the first time at a romance writer’s retreat earlier this year and was instantly taken with a sassy, confident nature. She kindly allowed me to interview her. Meet Therese!

“Well, one of the most romantic things my husband’s ever done for me was to take a short story I wrote and have it bound into a book to show me he supported my writing dreams. This was before we were even dating…” – Therese Beharrie

What is the name of your latest novel?

A Marriage Worth Saving (June 2017)

Why do you choose to write?

Writing has always been a comfort to me, especially during a tough childhood at school. I write now hoping my writing will give someone else comfort.

What is your favourite part of writing a novel?

Since I got my publishing contract, I’ve realised how much joy writing diverse characters from my country brings me. I also love creating the emotion and angst of falling in love!

What are you currently reading?

His Baby Agenda by Katherine Garbera

What was the first book / author you fell in love with?

I can’t remember the first book (though very likely something written by Roald Dahl when I was about seven), but the first author I remember loving is Stephenie Meyer after Twilight came out.

Where do you write?

Anywhere at home, really: my desk, the kitchen counter, the dining-room table, our couches, in bed…

If you were whisked away to a remote island for some RnR – what book would you take (just one!), what drink would you order?

Anything Nora Roberts has written in the past two years and probably a passion fruit and lemonade

After you write a book, who gets to read it first?

My editor. No-one reads my work before it’s published besides her.

Best place you’ve traveled to?

The Maldives for my honeymoon

Where do you get character inspiration from in your latest book?

I usually get them from Pinterest for their appearances, and then for their personalities, I’ll focus on one key characteristic or event in their past and build the character around that.

What can your readers look forward to?

My new book! The Millionaire’s Redemption (August 2017).

Connect with Therese

Website: www.theresebeharrie.com

Facebook: Therese Beharrie, Author (https://www.facebook.com/theresebeharrie/)

Twitter: @ThereseBeharrie (https://twitter.com/ThereseBeharrie)

Why I like romance novels that DON’T have a happy ending

I feel like I can talk about this now – the fact that I looooove romance novels, but always want to vomit a little when the (“happy”) endings are either: A – a marriage proposal, B – a wedding, C – a baby. I just don’t buy it – the happy endings which tie up all the loose ends. I’m mean, really – REALLY?!

No, not really, and for romance readers that’s just the point. They demand that their heroes and heroines fight obstacle after obstacle to be together – but in the end, that they do live Happily Ever After (HEA) or are at least Happy For Now (HFN).

The first book I read that did not have a happy ending was Love Story by Erich Segal, I’m also a fan of films / books aka stories like The Way we Were, Up Close and Personal, Me without You, The Promise of Stardust and The Fault in our Stars. The fact that the couples don’t end up together does not tarnish from the beauty of the love story, not in the least. On the contrary, the fact that their love is bitter sweet is the very element that resonates with me. I buy that 100%.

This morning I read Riven, a novel by local SA author Lissa Del, in one sitting. It was plot driven, brimming with romance but without the HEA. And believe me, she pulls it off effortlessly. I can’t help but wonder if this is not the way romance fiction is going, maybe one day there will be a sub-genre for romance without the HEA? What do you think?

Obviously, if you’ve read my book, you’ll already know that I don’t care much about subscribing the traditional happy ending. But I won’t lie, I was put under quite a bit of pressure to write a follow up book that would give Alkan and Victoria their happy ending – so I did, and that will be released before Christmas 2017.

So, if I’m not a huge fan of writing true romance, then I why did I do just that for Full Circle, the conclusion of Alkan and Victoria’s story? Because they are soulmates. Because some couples get their happily ever after and live it too! But that kind of love is rare, so, so rare.

And I just want readers to know that, and respect the fact that the greatest loves are messed up, but that that should not detract from the beauty of a great story.

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