When I started writing semi-seriously in middle school, it was in the horror genre. When I started writing seriously in high school, it was high fantasy. By the time I found out who I was as a writer, I wrote dark fantasy and horror. All my books were one or the other, or both. I love dark fantasy. I love the range. It feels so much more fulfilling than any other sub genre of fantasy, for me. And I adore horror. Dark things, creepy things, things that petrify, things that shred, things that devour. Love it, love it, love it.
And then I started writing again in August 2016 after I don’t even know how many years of not starting a new story. 3+ maybe. But I didn’t want to write horror or dark fantasy. I wanted to write romance. O_o I have no idea where it came from. I was the person who would shun romance novels. They were corny! Sappy, predictable, boring. And now, I’ve written two and am working on a third. I have no idea what happened.
I’ve never read a romance novel in my life. I’ve read books with romances in them. Teen horror novels where kids were in relationships. Doomed love affairs in upmarket fiction. That sort of thing. So I have no clue if what I’m doing is “by the book” or “follows the rules.” I like breaking rules in horror and dark fantasy, but I’m hesitant in a genre where I don’t feel like a master. Is their romance unique? Is their love one to be admired? Does the reader long for them to end up together? Is there passion? Is there desire? Are the sex scenes up to par?
My editor has worked in a publishing house specializing in romance novels, so I’m confident he will be able to answer all these questions for me and give me tips. I’m reaching out to a new group of fans and I don’t want to let anyone down. I want to deliver a steamy romance. I want the reader biting their lip in anticipation as they turn the page.
I’m not done with horror. Not even close. I have a feeling my #lovetriangle is the last romance I’ll write for a while. But while I’m in this crazy, fuzzy, drama-filled mood, I want to make these stories intense, unexpected, hot, and heartfelt.