Isabelle Drake on Relationships

IsabellaDrakeAs we prepare for our February 14 Premier Event, Writing About Relationships: The Tricky Bits, we asked the presenters a few questions about writing relationships. Here is Isabelle Drake on writing relationships:

What do you find most difficult when writing about relationships and intimacy between characters?

Isabelle: Most difficult is knowing how much detail to include. I don’t want their emotional connection to slow the pacing of the external plot. 

Do you create a backstory for each secondary character that involves how they relate to and feel about the protagonist?

Isabelle: Backstory, personality characteristics and how their goals or conflicts fit into the main characters’ conflicts are the main elements I focus on when developing secondary characters. The longer the story, the greater detail I go in to. Doing that development helps me visualize the interactions between characters.

How is writing a love relationship between hero and heroine different than other types of relationships?

Isabelle: Not for me. All relationships are complicated in their own way. For example, hatred between two characters can be as intense and motivating as love or desire.

Thrill-seeking risk takers, heroes with the dark past, sexy locales, untamed women! Isabelle Drake writes stories featuring men and women who aren’t afraid to go after what they want. An avid traveler, she’ll go just about anywhere–at least once–to meet people and get story ideas. Isabelle will be presenting a workshop on “Making the Good Bad: Using Intimacy & Sex Scenes to Create & Increase Conflict .” Find out more about Isabelle at