Nikkie Locke has graciously invited me to be a guest on her blog today. Since both of us have written contemporary romantic suspense, I thought I’d talk a little about genres.
Oddly enough, I never thought much about genres beyond Historical, Contemporary, or Paranormal. Those were the big three. Given those choices, it was a no brainer to determine that I wrote character driven contemporary romance. Simple right? Maybe not.
My first title, Caution: Filling is Hot naturally fell into the Contemporary category. I simply assumed that’s where my second book, Forest Fires was going to belong as well. Imagine my surprise when I saw my next cover and read the word Suspense across the top. Sweet!
nail biting, heart pounding scenes in the story but does that alone determine the genre? I’d imagined suspense had more to do with plotting, in much the same way a mystery is written. There’s a purpose to the journey. In a character driven story, things happen to the characters – very different from goal-driven plots. I also like to sprinkle humor liberally throughout my stories and Forest Fires is no exception. Didn’t the tone I set disqualify me from the more serious nature of suspense? Not at all.
I’ve got four more books coming out. Two most definitely qualify as Romantic Suspense – even with the playful humor and saucy flirting thrown in. Those lighter elements balance the more serious themes woven into the stories. One is an unapologetic Romantic Comedy. And my sixth is another straight Contemporary.
So what does that tell me? I still think I write contemporary romance, loaded with love, lust, laughs, thrills and spills - and yes, danger too. But that’s life. It’s also a wonderful escape from life. Books are
amazing, aren’t they?
Where will you choose to go? What do you want to experience?