I hope you survived Tax Day. I’m here, barely in tact.
A few days ago I released my seventh novel, Shaken. It’s a sexy contemporary romance. But it’s more than that. An agent I queried years ago informed me that I don’t write women’s fiction, but ‘issues fiction.’ An author wiser than I seconded that.
Don’t get me wrong, I love romance and women’s fiction, but I’m afraid it’s not all that I write. I have a hard time confining a story to just one or the other. Shaken is a good example. On it’s surface, it’s a sexy second chance romance. The hero and heroine separated (never divorced) and an earthquake brings them back together.
There are deeper issues in the book, though (which reviewers either love or hate). The hero is Caucasian, the heroine Mexican American – who arrived in the country undocumented. She is able to get a green card, but her family isn’t. A good portion of the story is devoted to her coming to terms with their resentment over the differences in their status.
Years ago when I was submitting to (and, ahem, stalking) editors, I kept trying to convince them that I loved their books and mine were just like those they already published, just a little bit different. I’ve only realized–last week–that being different is an uphill climb. Now that I’m indie published finding and reaching those readers who like their books with a little or LOT of angst is the challenge.
That said, I’m proud of Shaken. I’m happy to marry my love of romance and the power of love with an opportunity to discuss those very issues that the people around me confront daily.