November 20, 2014
I’ll take my romance straight up, please, with a splash of real life.
Don’t get me wrong; I’ve read countless ‘feel good’ romances, and still go there when I’m down, or on vacation, on the beach . . .
But what I like reading the best, there isn’t a genre for (and there should be!) It’s what I like best, and why I write what I write.
First, and most important, an HEA. I’m all good with a HFN (Happy for now). Just don’t leave me in a bad place. Sophie’s Choice? Destroyed me. Gone Girl? Got the spoiler – not going there. When the hero/heroine die in the last part of the book? This girl ain’t gonna be there (yes, Nick, I’m talkin’ to you). Those books make me either feel down (not why I read) or manipulated (also not why).
Now, that said, I LOVE a book that drags me through real life. I’d better be. I’ve written books about: death of a child, addiction, sexual abuse, prison, PTSD, bullying, and my current WIP features mental illness (not the hero).
Wow, sounds like a downer, huh? Nope. Because my characters always reach the end, though all may not be sweetness & light, or running through a field of flowers, they are better off than when the book began – and happy.
If these people, with all their problems, can have an HEA, there’s hope.
Isn’t that like real life?
I’ve GOT to have hope at the end of a novel. I think it’s a perfect blend of Women’s Fiction and Romance.
And dammit, it SHOULD have its own genre! Real Life Romance, maybe? Reality Romance? Hopeful Women’s Fiction?
Hmmm, I may be onto something here . . .
What do you think? Is there a place on your bookshelf for my new genre?
She sold her Sweet on a Cowboy series, romances set in the world of professional bull riding, to Grand Central. The Sweet Spot (May 2013), Nothing Sweeter (Jan 2014) and Sweet on You (August 2014). The Sweet Spot won the 2014 Romance Writers of America® RITA® award in the Best First Book category.
Her ‘biker-chick’ novel, Her Road Home, sold to Harlequin’s Superomance line (August, 2013) and has expanded to three more stories set in the same small town. The Reasons to Stay released August, 2014.
In 2014, Laura realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan and is currently working on her accent. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write full time. She’s a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.