A Man's Love

After nearly two weeks of silence, I am back to the world of blogging! I feel refreshed and rejuvenated from my weekend in Yosemite National Park, and I feel incredibly honored that I got to be with two great friends during the festivities of their recent wedding day. How can you NOT be inspired in a place like Yosemite, and how can you be anything but humbled by the love radiating from both Mary Schwab and her new husband, Scott Siner?

During the ceremony, I had a great view of the groom's expression. From my vantage point in the back of the bridesmaid line--as one of two 5'8" bridesmaids in the midst of a 4'10" to 5' wedding party--I was absolutely overcome by the love and adoration I saw glowing in Scott's often-moist eyes.

It got me thinking... A man's love is so different from a woman's love, yet it is truly one of the most powerful forces on the planet. Strong and protective, loyal and self-sacrificing, it is the type of energy that can--and often does--move mountains.

I think this experience--and its resulting burst of inspiration--is exactly what I needed for my current work in progress. The project I'm working on is the sequel to the manuscript I'm currently shopping to agents, and this time, I'm writing from the male protagonist's point of view.

The prospect of writing as a male has me both excited and terrified. I've never written as a guy before, so I'm a little worried I'm going to make a mess of it. However, this weekend DOES leave me feeling a little more confident, and I think I'll be fine if I can just remember to make my characters love each other THIS much:

I'd also love YOUR help. Have you read any great romances--particularly YAs--from a male point of view lately? Have you ever switched genders in first-person? And do you have any tips or tricks for a first-time gender bender?

Thanks in advance for your advice!