Marilyn here, with an informal survey: how do you feel about kids in your romance novels? Yea, nay, don’t care, as long as they’re important to the story? Do you have little tolerance for overly cutesy kids, or do they make you go “aww”? Do you wonder if they’re there just for the cute factor? And where the heck do they disappear to when the hero and heroine need a little private time?
I’ve written lots of kids — though lately I found that dogs work just as well for the cute factor, LOL. They can be just as annoying during the love scenes, too. I’m not big on kids just because they’re kids; I want them to be integral to the story. I want them to sound and act like kids. And sometimes I want them to please, God, GO AWAY and let me have a little grown-up time with the hero and heroine!
What’s your take on the little buggers?