Thursday, March 22, 2018

I Write Romance My Way! The Hell with Writing to Market

This might be a rant post, or not, depending on how you look at it.  I was reading an article today saying that if you wanted to make it in the book industry, you needed to write to market.  Obviously, it hit me the wrong way.  I'm a dreamer, and when I write, I put those dreams into words and don't think about what everyone wants to read.  Maybe it's a little selfish, but I write the book I want to read.

Since I started this crazy ride in 2008, I've done it with one goal, to get all these fantasies in my head into a book.  If I were in this for the money, I'd probably be broke.  I've had great years, from a business perspective, and others that made me consider going back to a fulltime job again.  What I haven't done is compromise on doing what I love.  Telling a story that means something to me.

Granted, I'm not raking in the bucks like, say, EL James, but I have a lot of fun every time an idea takes shape and finally ends up between the pages of a book.  Most of what I write are fantasies that I either want to live out, or they shock me to the point that I wonder why I thought about them.  The older I get, I think I enjoy writing younger characters to make me feel young again.  That's what's so beautiful about being an author.  The story ends the way you want it to, every single time. Sometimes I think life would be incredible if it worked that way.  Other days, I think what a boring life that would be.

The one thing I'll NEVER do is write a book based on what I think the market wants.  I mean seriously, how fast can you kill inspiration?  I also write about virgins, and dominant men that bring their desires to life.  I'm sure that's politically incorrect in today's society.  Now ask me if I care?  Hell no!  It's fantasy.  To me there is something very sexy about a woman meeting this incredibly strong man and him sweeping her off her feet.  It's not everybody's thing, and guess what?  It doesn't have to be.  As my granny used to say, there's an ass for every seat (yes she was a spitfire).  I love my readers, so don't get me wrong, but if I compromised my writing style to make more cash?  I'm pretty sure my readers are intelligent enough that they'd see right through me.

I'll leave the cash cow writing to other people, and keep doing what I love.  If my books sell, awesome.  If they don't?  Well, I have a husband that provides for my family and I'll keep writing out my dreams.  That's not very politically correct either, and again, who cares?  I write romance my way, pretty much like I live my life.  The hell with writing to market!  If you'd like to pick up a great book written from my fantasies, here are a few of my favorites.

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