Swati Teerdhala is the author of The Tiger at Midnight series, which has appeared on both Barnes and Noble and Book Riot’s Most Anticipated Novels lists.After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BS in finance and BA in history, she tumbled into the marketing side of the technology industry. She's passionate about many things, including how to make a proper cup of tea, the right ratio of curd-to-crust in a lemon tart, and diverse representation in the stories we tell. She currently lives in New York City.
Though not required for a good story, a solid romantic plot can certainly enhance one. The best ships leave us pining along with the main character, suffering through a slow burn, or—in the case of a series—waiting eagerly for the next installment. Get ready to set sail as we explore this panel of authors' favorite romantic tropes and ships, what makes them work, and how they inspire their work. All aboard!