The many varieties of romance
When I tell people I’m a writer, they always ask me what I write. After I tell them I write romance, they seldom question what type of romance. Romance breaks down into a spectrum of sub genres. Paranormal, historical, erotic, inspirational to name a few. Paranormals can then be broken down to vamps, ghosts, werewolves, etc. Many times they even cross over to urban fantasy or futuristic.
Historicals can be sub-catagorized even further. Westerns, Colonial, Regency, medieval and more. The erotic genre may be contemporary, futuristic, fantasy, even steampunk. Confusing? Sometimes. But the possibilities are endless.
I love experimenting with genres. I just finished the draft of a fantasy erotic that borders on horror. Even my paranormal contemporary romance with a demon hero, Wicked Redemption, has been called horror by some reviewers. Because I dabble in so many sub-genres, I sometimes confuse readers.
One reader loves my historicals, and I caution her about buying my paranormals because I know that’s not what she wants. Nathan’s Return, for example, is a historical, but it’s also paranormal and time travel—not her particular type of story. She wants straight historical with no surprises and a guaranteed happily ever after. And that’s okay.
At signings I pass out cards that separate the genres of my books. I love to educate, talk books, and I love to open new worlds for readers. If one of my books can carry someone away from their troubles for just a few hours, then I’m a happy writer.