Contemporary Romance Writer: Today or Yesterday?
My debut novel, Wish You Were Here … um, it’s set in the here and now. As in Colorado. Today.
Did I know readers wanted historical romance when my novel was nothing more than a work in progress? Yes. Yes, I did.
Then why, if I was really thinking about getting my then untitled story published, didn’t I set it in the 1800s? Or the 1600s? Or make it a World War II saga?
Because love happens today. “Happily ever after” happens today — not just in the good ol’ days. People today –women and men — struggle with hurts and relationships and questions. And they fall in love in spite of all that.
Truth be told, I have a historical novel tucked away in my brain. I’ve mulled it over. Written a few chapters. Researched things. Talked about my story idea with writing friends. I like historical romances too.
But for now — and possibly forever — I’m embracing contemporary romance. Today has a lot of possibility in it, don’tcha think?
In Your Words: Do you read contemporary romance? Historical romance? Or something else altogether? Do you pick a novel based on the genre? Or do you pick a book because it got a good review or recommendation?