I think I’ve probably mentioned numerous times , I grew up on romances, the first one being read to me by my older sister, Margaret. The Princess Bride – still one of my favourite tales.
Then there were those naughty little Mills and Boon my mother kept on her bookshelf with enticing covers which hinted of passion.
Where we lived, we had a mobile library. Every Tuesday we could get 6 more books out and no, I did not choose children’s books specifically, I chose adventure, romance, love and life.
Some of my favourite books are the ones that defy age groups. I was read the Hobbit when I was about seven by a fantastic English teacher. The Lord of the Rings was given as a gift when I was twelve.
But I must admit to enjoying those reads I wasn’t really supposed to have. When the Lion Feeds, Wilbur Smith. At the age of fourteen, when I picked it up after my dad had finished reading it, he quietly went to my mum and asked if it was appropriate. Her reply – if it’s not, she’ll put it down. I’ve read every Wilbur Smith book since, but I still remember the thrill of that first novel, the great feel of it being just a little bit out of my genre.
In recent years, I’ve read prolifically and I’ve found I tend to stick to the same main genre – that of romance. Within this wide genre I have discovered the delights of :
Contemporary - Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Anne Stuart, Lori Foster
Humour - Jennifer Cruisie, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Rachel Gibson,
Historical – Julie Garwood, Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Teresa Medeiros
Fantasy – J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter
Thrillers – Karen Rose, Julie Garwood, Karin Slaughter
Suspense – Cherry Adair, Linda Howard
Many of these authors cross the sub-genres. Is it any wonder then that I feel the need to romance the genres myself?
My first series with Liquid Silver Books, Atlantic Divide Series is contemporary, with a touch of humour.
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Bad Girl Bill
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Flight of Her Life is an all out comedy.
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I have just signed a contract with Taliesin for Flynn’s Kiss, a contemporary with a touch of grit and a smudge of humour and certainly the next in that series will be gritty too – and I know exactly what that storyline is already. It’s in my head waiting to be released.
I wrote a short Sci-fi as a challenge with Eva Lefoy and Allyson Lindt – more on that another day.
I loved the historical I wrote for Nanowrimo, Her Captured Groom – a real challenge, but worth the effort and I enjoyed it so much, I’m currently writing Book 2 – Hawk’s Lady.
My final work in progress at present is inspired by the wonderful Wild About Bones on Cover Reveals who loved my comedy Flight of Her Life and would like to see me write another – paranormal this time. And that’s all I have to say on that matter as it’s a secret between me and WAB! SSShhhh! http://bit.ly/1e6DMnx
So, like my reading choices, I have found in my writing that I am blurring the lines a little in the genres – and loving every moment of it.
Let me know what your favourite genre is and who inspired you to read it and I will give away one of my published books on 14th February to four lucky winners - the choice will be theirs. Romance for Valentine's Day, what nicer gift?