What is it about a tropical island that makes it such an appealing setting for a romance novel?
I’ve just returned from a week staying on the small island of Nusa Lembongang, near Bali in Indonesia.
I can attest that the exotic setting, the heat, the lush tropical growth, the beautiful azure sea, all contribute to an all-round relaxed sensuality. The fact it’s too hot to wear much clothing also helps!
|The lumbung where we stayed at the Hai Tide resort|
There were some beautiful young honeymooners at the island while were there. It made this romance writer’s heart melt to see them so blissed out together—and also happy my husband of twenty-eight years and I were able to spend some relaxed, stress free time together.
|View from our room|
Perhaps what makes a tropical island so popular for real-life romance is what works in a romance novel! What do you think?
|So romantic eating on a beach watching the sunset - and not having to cook the dinner!|
Will I be using the gorgeous island I just visited as a setting for a book? But of course—I’m writing it now!
|Tropical flowers add an extra layer of appeal, here a heliconia|
I’d love to see your thoughts on why or why not a tropical island mades a good setting for a romance novel!