I’ve never done this before, but here it goes. Steph Campbell makes me want to be mouthy too.
I don’t write traditional romances. I place the contemporary romance/new adult label on the book because Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. request that you label your book before publishing. I don’t think my books are romantic or a romance or even necessarily a love story. I’ve never pretended like they were.
I know TONS of readers really like the contemporary romance genre as it currently stands and I’m happy to be included in it! But I just feel like the labels don’t apply in the same way to every book. I like that my books make you angry and uncomfortable. I don’t write them for all the readers to escape the real world, because sometimes it’s nice to see the real world from a different point of view. My point of view might be a bit (a lot) angsty and you might want to pull your hair out, throw your kindle across the room, and reach into the book and throttle someone. I LIKE that!!! Those are the absolute best responses to my books, because if you feel that…you got it.
Since releasing my first three books, I’ve realized I can’t write the books any other way. I don’t see my books as situations that can be neatly tied up with a bow. I think there should be loose ends and sometimes there isn’t always a happy ending. I love you doesn’t mean everything has been fixed, it just means that you’re giving yourself a chance to feel it and go from there.
I love you. Yes, you.
I feel like Jenn Sterling might have prompted part of this discussion as well, because like her I’ve never done this for the money…ever. I started writing for fun on Fictionpress starting in 2004 and never stopped. (Admittedly, I was writing before that, but it’s when I first put it up so others could read it.) I never intended to publish AC and AR and in fact, gave them away for FREE for nearly 3 years. Your enthusiasm and trust in my stories even way back then put me here today. And I can’t change it now. I know that probably makes me stubborn, but someone is probably going to like it….maybe?
Either way, thank you for reading and appreciating my books. Thank you for supporting indie and traditionally published authors who try something different. You’re the ones allowing us to follow our dreams. And while sometimes I think I just really want to write a happy and fluffy and care free book (because let’s be honest they’re great, and sometimes you really need one), my heart is never in it, and I’d never give you something I haven’t put a piece of my soul into. (It’s like a reverse horcrux.)
You guys rock! End rant!