For Mackenzie Green life is full of regrets; regrets from choices she made in the past, regrets for the things she’ll never see in her future. She regrets letting her grades slip while her sister was in rehab, ensuring she’ll never break away from the rumor-run, small town she lives in. She regrets breaking up with her future All American football playing boyfriend, Brayden Turner out of fear of getting hurt. Most of all she regrets every decision she made leading up to the night that changed her life forever.
It’s only after Brayden cuts her off completely that Mackenzie realizes how much she wants him in her life.
Can Mackenzie find the courage to learn from her mistakes and move forward or will she spend her days consumed with regrets? Is it too late to convince Brayden she wants him in her life and that she’s in it for the long haul? Most of all, can she accept that sometimes bad things happen no matter how hard you try to protect yourself from them? Can she put it all behind her or will she live an unfulfilled life full of regrets?
Thank you so much for having me today. I’m thrilled to be here. But what should we talk about? How about one of my favorite subjects? Kissing!
What goes into writing an amazing kiss?
I don’t think I ever spent more time writing a kissing scene as I did on Brayden and Kenzie’s first kiss. My goal was to make readers want, no-need this kiss to happen as much as the characters did. So what’s in a kiss? All literary kisses are important, but to me, the first kiss is by far the most important one. If it goes right, it can lead to bigger and better things physically and emotionally. If it goes wrong the characters, and readers will feel a huge let down. You also chance losing them all. So what goes into making a kiss come to life? How can a simple, everyday action be turned into a sizzling, heart-racing, pulse-pounding event?
First you need to start with an attraction. It doesn’t hurt when the characters are drop-dead gorgeous with striking eyes, a hot as hell body, and amazing lips. But just having two good looking people meeting, hanging out, or spending time together doesn’t create the most important element, chemistry. No story line, no matter how good works without chemistry, because if it’s not there, who cares what the characters do? You might as well close the book and catch up on some needed sleep.
Even if the hero and heroine don’t like each other, or are trying to fight the attraction with every fiber of their being, without some pull, some uncontrollable draw to each other, everything will fall apart. Playful banter is a good way to build the emotional and/ or intellectual attraction. It even works if the characters don’t initially like each other, or are trying to deny their feelings. In that case the dialogue can be insulting and fun. Perhaps with each insult they take a step towards each other. Their pulse quickens, their breath deepens, and they find themselves centimeters away; so close they can feel each other without actually touching. Their heartbeats fall into a common rhythm, and all they can think of is reaching out and touching each other.
Another ingredient to spice up the kiss is attention to part(s) of the body most involved. Before the big event the lips should be highlighted, along with long smoldering stares, and possibly face to face, (or body to body) contact that’s just a little too close, a bit too personal, for a casual encounter. Breath should be noted, while hearts pick up speed, and butterflies soar.
And no good kiss, yet alone great kiss, happens without risk. Perhaps the characters feel they can’t get together because of social or familial pressures. Maybe they are already involved in a serious relationship, or there are some rules in effect that don’t allow them to date, and breaking such rules would pose a threat to their career. Whatever the obstacle, there should be one. In this way, emotions can run high both before and after the event.
Once the deed is done, it should somehow change the characters. It doesn’t have to be a major life-altering change, but they should at least start to consider new options. In any case, the kiss should lead to the desire for more; more kissing, more touching, more of each other. I hope you enjoy Regret Me Not and I’d love to hear what you think should go into a kiss!
Danielle Sibarium grew up as an only child of divorced parents in Brooklyn, New York. Her imagination was developed at an early age. Surrounded by stuffed animals and imaginary friends, she transported herself into a fantasy world full of magic and wonder. Books were the gateway between her play world and reality. On any given summer afternoon she became Snow White sweeping and cooking for the dwarfs, or Cinderella waiting for the prince.
Danielle always loved dialogue and in elementary school began writing plays and short stories. This is when she began to understand she could not only bring her fantastical world to life for herself, but she could enchant others as well. And so she wrote. She wrote and wrote and wrote.
Sadly the first piece she ever sent out for publication of any sort was a letter to the editor of The Home News Tribune. It was a piece thanking the first responders for their bravery and selflessness on Sept 11th. It was chosen as letter of the week.
In 2007 Danielle collaborated with Charlotte Doreen Small to write songs for her CD More. Danielle wrote the lyrics for Take My Hand, and Goodbye, while Charlotte contributed the melody.
In October 2011 Danielle’s debut novel For Always was released. She Has since released Heart Waves and the second book in the Heart Waves series, Breaking Waves.
Danielle graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University with honors, and currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children.