By: Tori Scott
Congratulations to "Marion L.", the winner of Tori's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!
I'm so excited to be a part of the brand new Just Contemporary Romance site. I've been with Just Romantic Suspense for about a year now, and I love it. So when Maureen asked if I wanted to participate in this one, I jumped at the chance. Contemporary Romance is the mainstay of my book list. Though some of my books have a hint of suspense to them, they all fit under the contemporary romance umbrella.
Not sure what contemporary romance is? It's a romance that is set after World War II. It can be a comedy or a serious romance, the heroes might be doctors, lawyers, tycoons or even cowboys. But they are generally set in the times in which they are written. So books written this year will reflect society as it is in 2013. It's also by far the largest romance subgenre, and the best-selling.
Does setting a book in the current year mean less research for the author? Yes--and no. While we don't have to research things like the type of dress or social mores of the time like historical authors do, we have to be very careful to research our physical settings if we don't actually live there. With the Internet, any reader can look things up and catch any mistakes. And our readers come from all over the world.
I set most of my books in Texas because that's where I live, and I love it. Texas is a great state. It's also a very large one. What might hold true for one part of Texas does not hold true for another part. I had a reader berate me once because I said my heroine went to Texas A&M, yet her home was in West Texas and I should know that A&M isn't close to West Texas. Even she, a New Yorker, knew that.
What she didn't know is that Texas kids don't necessarily go to college close to home. In fact, most don't. They'll go to college hundreds, or even thousands, of miles away. So even research can lead someone astray if they don't know the habits and customs of the area. This is another reason I prefer to keep my characters in familiar locales. I may let them take a trip somewhere else, but the majority of the story will be close to home.
Do I get bored writing just contemporary stories? No. While I love history, I am more comfortable in my own time. And contemporary romance gives me plenty of choices. From my sexy novellas--which are oftentimes humorous--to my more serious novels to my Western romances, there is plenty of variety for me as an author and for readers to choose from.
My most popular contemporary romances by far are my Lone Star Cowboys books. There's just something about a strong, sexy cowboy that fires a reader's--and a writer's--imagination. The second most popular is my romantic suspense, followed by the sexier novellas. I don't write erotic romance, but that's another popular subgenre of contemporary romance.
So what type of contemporary romance is your favorite? Do you like cowboys? Medical dramas? Comedy? Friends to Lovers stories? Erotica? Tell us who your favorite authors are, too. And be sure to check in here at Just Contemporary Romance often to see who's blogging, who has a new book out, or who's having a contest. I can guarantee you won't be bored.
Leave a comment on this post and we'll enter you in a drawing for a free copy of Tori's newest release, Beneath a Texas Star, which is due out any day now. You'll get one of the very first copies!
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