Happy Sunday Everyone!! So, this is what got me thinking this week...
I’ve always considered myself a paranormal romance author, but when the edits for “The Willow” came up and I re-read the story, I started to re-think that theory . My writing definitely also falls in the category of urban fantasy.
Here is a quote by Keri Arthur (one of my favs) to define the two genres...
“Paranormal romance is a romance first and foremost. In urban fantasy the romance is generally a secondary plot (if it exists at all)”
So, my little problem is what happens when you fall in the middle of both genres? My work is action packed, fantasy driven but the romance stands equally as strong in the novels.
I’m left to wonder if this will become a barrier for me to get traditionally published? I’m thinking, hell yes. The problem being, if I label the story paranormal romance, the focus will need to be on the romance. If I call it urban fantasy, the romance will have to be on the sidelines―that is something I just can't have.
Where does this leave me? I haven’t a darn clue! Will I change my writing to suit a specific genre? Nope!! I love having it all―the mystery, the danger, the fight scenes. But I also love the romance, tension and hot sex too. So for me―I'm sticking to my love of both genres and just appreciating the fact that epublishers are open to the "nontraditional".
Tell me then, what’s your take, do you think to be successful you need to follow “the rules” or do you think you should stick to your heart, your style and do it your way???
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Where do I belong...
The journey as a writer all began when I was a teen and wrote poetry, which still to this day I pull out to have a good laugh. Later on, I tried a couple of times to put a book together with no such luck. Couldn’t ever get past the first few chapters. But once I was exposed to the paranormal world, ideas came quickly. At first, it was a way to keep my brain alive since being a stay at home mom can be a little let’s say―numbing. It was an escape from screaming kids, dirty diapers and plain old mom duty. It started as a hobby, but as the stories progressed it became a passion. Now, I indulge at nap time, especially the juicy bits! Every mom needs a good thrill! So here in Kitchener, Ontario, I am a thirty one year old wife, mom, house cleaner, cook, teacher, play-doh extraordinaire, swing pusher, toddler chaser after – who loves the outdoors, curling up with the latest flick, and if I’m not plugging away at a new novel, I’ve got my nose buried deep in a good book. So there it is―my life!