Behind The Scenes: Theme and A SEAL’s Seduction

As a rule, I don’t write with theme in mind.   I’m actually horrible when it comes to analyzing things like theme, motif, or symbolism.  So much so that I’m always surprised when I read a review or commentary on one of my books that mentions it’s theme.   That’s usually an ooooh sort of moment for me.


So it was a huge step outside my norm to not only know the theme of A SEAL’s Seduction when I started it, but to write the entire story with that theme and it’s accompanying motif in mind.  But because the story is written in essentially two parts, with a time span of months in between, I knew I wanted to use that as a contrast.snow

On the surface, A SEAL’s Seduction’s parts are pretty simple.  The hot part.  And the cold part.  Oh, not the love scenes – those stay hot through the entire story *g * But the plot does shift between those temperatures.  The first half of the story opens on a hot summer beach, the second half opens six months later in the snowy wilds of Alaska’s North Slope.  The emotional journey starts with the initial heat of passion, then shifts to the cold emotional distance of following the rules.   In another contrast, the part of the story that takes place on the hot summer beach happens while the characters’ hearts are essentially frozen-locked away to keep themselves safe.  Later, in the vicious icy snowstorm, they have to face the blazing inferno of their own wants and needs, weighing those against the rules they both cling to so carefully.A SEAL's Seduction cover

I didn’t start the story with the intention of focusing on theme, or even knowing what that theme was.  This was one of those books that was pretty much finished in my head as soon as I saw the characters, I simply sat down to transcribe it.  So A SEAL’s Seduction was as much an adventure for me as it was for the characters.  I hope that means its an adventure for the readers as well.

Are you an analytical reader, one who recognizes theme?  Do you look for symbolism as you read?  Or motif?  Or are you like me, and while that all might sink into your reading sub-conscious, adding layers to the experience, it’s not anything you’re aware of on the surface? 

Originally posted 1/30/13


  • Barbara says:

    I read for enjoyment first and foremost.
    I am very much like you, in that it all sinks in.
    I do not force my self to search for symbols and meanings.
    Great post.

  • Cathy P says:

    Hi Tawny! I am also like you. I read for enjoyment and don’t really think about theme’s, motif, etc.