I've been doing a few interviews lately in preparation for a November release and one of the questions asked of me was if I'd assigned a specific meaning to my novel. Well yes, of course, doesn't everyone?
And then I thought maybe not. But I do. I love having a theme or main idea thread that stiches the whole story together and makes the HEA even more satisfying. Do I know ahead of time what my theme or underlying message is going to be? No, not always.
Usually, I start writing and about halfway through the book, a common thread starts to take root. I love when that happens because I can go back and layer some more, making the theme stronger, more evident.
For example, in my latest book, On Timeless Wings of Gold, which will release this November, the hero and heroine fall in love fairly early, but they discover love isn't enough. For love to transcend the obstacles of time, they must each sacrifice a piece of themselves.
My very first historical western had a theme that's probably quite popular; home is where the heart is.
I also love giving objects symbolic meaning. For both time travel romances, On the Silver Edge of Time and On Timeless Wings of Gold, the symbolic object or creature is the dragon. For me dragons symbolize a mythic strength and the ability to believe in the impossible. Both heroines have to believe in the impossible in order to accept the love offered.
So let's here from other authors. Do you write with a basic theme in mind?