Valentine’s Day is always a sweet holiday for a romance, but it could also be a sinister holiday for a mystery/thriller. Here are a few things for you to consider for your fictional Valentine’s Day:
Couples love Valentine’s Day. Unless, of course, they are going through a divorce or aren’t happy in their relationship. This is the day for couples to profess their love for one another and spoil each other rotten with chocolate/treats, flowers, dinner, cards, and other gifts. For a romance, you can share the sweet and steamy details of your characters Valentine’s Day. Get your readers to feel all warm and fuzzy or hot and bothered.
But not all Valentine’s Days are good, though. An evil spouse could try to commit murder or maybe someone is unfaithful and has an affair on Valentine’s Day. You can get their route and create any storyline with V-Day.
2. Single People
Single people tend to hate Valentine’s Day. We roll our eyes at all the mushy posts on Facebook and even try to hide until the day is over. We grumble, grit our teeth, and cringe. Write a romance story with a single character who hates everything V-Day and maybe bumps into someone who could be a future love interest. Or…for a mystery/thriller, a single could go around killing couples on Valentine’s Day. Now wouldn’t that make a good detective thriller?
Valentine’s Day traditions:
- In the Philippines, they have mass wedding celebrations on Valentine’s Day. In 2013, 4,000 couples were married together.
- In Guatemala they wear feathered masks and Mayan-inspired clothing to celebrations.
- In South Africa they pin the name of their sweetheart on their sleeve all day.
- In Estonia, Valentine’s day is known as “Friends Day” so single people can be included in on the festivities. Family and friends exchange gifts to show their love for each other.
- In Denmark, they exchange “lover cards.”
- Back in the day, in France, women would burn images of the men who wronged them in a bon fire. This is no longer practiced because this as well as the insults they’d shout at the opposite sex became too...crazy. Well, I’m sure some still do this in private. haha
QUESTIONS: Do you like V-Day? Have you written about Valentine’s Day?
Here are the questions:
1. Who did you bring to the party? Is he/she your Valentine or anti-Valentine?
I brought my muse, Ena. She is both my Valentine and anti-Valentine. Why? Because she loves Valentine’s Day but I hate it, so we both play the part to satisfy each other.
2. Which one of you is the more romantic person?
Ena. I feel awkward just hugging people. Even my loved ones. But Ena gushes romance. If she were to bleed, her blood would be glittery and swirling with red, pink, and purple. She is THE romantic.
3. What gift are you giving to your (anti) Valentine?
I’m giving Ena a day off from musing. And she’s promised me a great day of writing tomorrow. Yippee!
4. Are you guys wearing red or pink (or black...)?
I’m wearing a black T-shirt because it’s what I prefer, and skinny jeans. But don’t worry! I have on some pretty jewelry and red lipstick. I’m not a pink person, but Ena is a full-time girly-girl. When you have lavender hair and transparent wings, it’s hard not to be. She’s wearing a sparkling pink dress, reminiscent of the blue dress Ariel wore when she come out of the water and ran to her prince at the end of The Little Mermaid.
5. Did you bring any Valentine's Day treats?
Sure did! I brought chocolate cheesecake and Ena brought pink Rice Crispie treats...cut into hearts. See what I mean? She’s a hopeless romantic, which is good since I write romance.
6. Name a song for our Love Playlist or Anti-Love Playlist (or both)!
For the Anti-Love Playlist I have to go with Tears Don’t Fall by Bullet for My Valentine.
Ena chose the song for the Love Playlist...Take My Breath Away by Berlin. *groan*
7. Got a great anti/Valentine party game?
Ena suggests the game where you pass an apple with only your neck. I veto that game. How about we throw darts at pictures of the people who broke our hearts?
8. Feeling the love or just feeling nauseous? How will you have fun at the party?
Ena will be fluttering around, flirting with the cute, eligible guys and dancing from person to person to shower them with Valentine affection. Me? I’ll be a wallflower; smiling nervously at everyone and nibbling on one of Ena’s Rice Crispie treats.
9. Has your muse been a good Valentine?
My muse had been a great Valentine. She pulled me out of my corner and got me to dance the Macarana with her. And she seems to have made friends with everyone. Even Jordan.
*Jordan's Bonus Question: Did you bring me & Sarah a musiversary gift?
Duh! I brought a good basket for of things writers need: chocolate, pens, notebooks, flash drives, candles, coffee, and much more.
Ena brought a bottle of writing fairy dust. She says to sprinkle just a tiny bit on your keyboard to get the words flowing. Not more than a pinch, though, because it’s very potent. If you use more than recommended...well, she says it’s not a pretty sight.