Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Challenges of Writing More Than One Genre


One of my biggest challenges as a writer is that I write two genres—contemporary romance (ranging from sexy to very sexy), and romantic suspense. Not only that, but I’m constantly switching between them, since I alternate books. One month I’ll be working on a romantic suspense title, the next month I’m writing an erotic romance. And my latest series with Entangled Brazen takes me back to category, which has its own set of guidelines.

Lately I’ve been noticing just how hard it is to reprogram my brain when I’m going back and forth between genres. For example, I recently finished a RS where the heroine is an assassin and the hero is a mercenary. Immediately following that, I wrote One Night of Sin, my Brazen novella. Now, there is a minor villain in the novella who is causing trouble for my hero. With my brain still in RS mode, I’m plugging along, writing this sexy little novella, and then I’m like, OK, now it’s time for the hero to kill the villain and—WAIT, WHAT?

My hero can’t kill anyone. He’s not a mercenary or an assassin. He can’t organize a strategic military assault to take out this bad guy. In contemporary romance, you don’t usually find the same level of violence as you do in romantic suspense, and my brain refused to accept that as I made the RS to ER switch.

It goes both ways, though, like when suddenly my RS characters are having a long light-hearted scene—when there’s a death cloud of danger hanging over their heads. That’s when I have to do another brain reboot and remember that there is no time for fun right now! The RS characters’ priorities can’t be the same as those of my contemporary characters. A balance is definitely required when you write multiple genres. This hero would arrest the villain, this hero would kill him. This heroine might wait a bit before she sleeps with the guy, this one might jump in headfirst because she MIGHT DIE in a few hours.

With that said, I love working in more than one genre. I get to write all the scary action stuff that would never happen to me (or most people) in real life, but I also get to write the fun, lighthearted moments that occur in day-to-day life. But what most of my books have in common is the alpha hero. Whether he’s a soldier or a civilian, he’s going to be bossy and sinfully sexy, and he’s going to know his way around the bedroom!

The hero of One Night of Sin definitely fits that bill. Gage Holt is alpha to the core, and I hope that readers fall in love with him the way I have.

ONE NIGHT OF SIN

An Entangled Brazen novella, first book in a hot new series!


When it comes to sex, good girl Skyler Thompson always plays it safe, choosing stable and sedate over wild and thrilling. She doesn’t do one-night-stands, but one look at sinfully sexy Gage Holt and she’s willing to reconsider. He makes her want to be bad for once in her life, and she’s prepared to take what she wants.

Danger follows former MMA fighter Gage Holt like a shadow. Despite his successes as part owner of Sin, an exclusive nightclub in Boston, Gage can’t risk getting involved with a woman, especially one as sweet as Skyler. Still, he can’t resist a taste—and it’s so damn good he has to see her again.


As addicted as he is to her, Gage knows there’s no future for him and Skyler—not with his past lurking in the dark corners of an MMA cage. But Skyler’s tougher than she looks, and she’s ready to fight for her man.


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