Sharon wrote an excellent post and Jaq wrote an excellent post, and I got them all mixed up in my head and I’m trying to think about them coherently and answer them both here. Sharon was asking if I thought about the market when I wrote (okay, she didn’t say she asked me specifically, but I know she really was) and then Jaq talked about genre-blending. And I was/am having a huge genre-crisis in the middle of my plotting crisis the other day, because I’ve been calling my latest book/series a romantic suspense, for lack of a better term.
But I don’t think it’s a true romantic suspense. It’s closer to contemporary romance in that the focus is more on the characters falling in love than the suspense, especially because you know who the bad guy is right from the start, BUT there is an element of suspense and there’s plenty of action. Lots of action. Oh, and there’s a slight paranormal element too. So, what the HELL do I write? How do I market myself?
After many, many IM’s with Katie and this fantastic article, I’ve come to the conclusion that I write romantic adventure, which is similar to romantic suspense, but it’s lighter. Although, when I described my plot to Pat the other night and told her that my book was ‘light’ she told me gently that abductions / prison breaks and killings are not exactly light and airy.
I swore that it was written lighter and airier than it sounded. And, after she read it, she agreed. Because, although I love romantic suspense, I don’t think my voice is well suited for it. I definitely have those ‘moments’ of surprise/suspense in my book but I’ve got humor in there too (big surprise, eh?) The book I got my agent with, my first Navy SEAL trilogy installment, is a contemporary romance with some action thrown in. So yep, it has the leanings of romantic adventure. And so I think, for me, it was not so much about writing the book of my heart as it was writing the book/genre of my voice. Whether the market will bear that remains to be seen. (Sheesh, Sharon, I hope that answered your question. Stop making me THINK, please. I have to go practice my tennis swing now.)
Oh, and I’ve gone around to a lot of your blogs and said my congrats, but I wanted to say it here in case I missed someone — Congrats to all of my blogging buddies who have been asked to be Romancing the Blog Columnists!!! I’m so proud of you guys. It’s a great opportunity for all of us bloggers and I’m excited to see where it leads.