Day 25 Megan Hart – Something For Everyone

Whatever Blows Your Skirt Up

Ahhh, romance. Rippling muscles, wind-blown hair, bustles getting rustled and hey, is that a billionaire over at the next table? Maybe. In the great wide world Flyingof romance novels, billionaires abound.

But so do cowboys, doctors, military guys, firefighters, airline pilots, librarians, nannies, scoundrels, ladies of the manor and accountants. Truth be told, I don’t think I’ve ever read a romance with an accountant as the hero or heroine, which only means that it’s time someone writes one. Because here’s the thing about romance — there’s room in our beloved genre for all sorts of stories.

Long past are the days when bodices were merrily ripped hither and yon. Lovers of historical romance will tell you, however, that while other subgenres might be taking up more slots on the bestseller charts, stories of days gone by are still popular. The difference? Now instead of being limited to merry olde England or maybe the highlands of Scotland or the American Wild West, historical readers are as likely to find stories set in the Roaring Twenties or against the backdrop of World War II.

Likewise, while the days of “no really means yes” have also gone (fortunately) by the wayside, romance novels have continued to tempt their readers with all levels of heat from sweet to steamy. Erotic romance, stories in which the sexual situations and language are an inherent part of the plot, are still romances. So are stories in which the hero do no more than kiss or hold hands before closing the bedroom door firmly and taking their intimacies off the page.

In other words, these days, there’s something for everyone.

So to those who claim they don’t read “those” kinds of books, I say, what kinds of books, exactly? Romance encompasses so many time periods, storylines and COSMO_1114_9781460332924_LettingGoheat levels that there’s really no way to lump them all together. Sure, there are cliches and tropes, but show me a genre that doesn’t have its own set of time honored plot contrivances or shortcuts. Go on. I’ll wait…

I thought so.

If you haven’t read a romance, or you haven’t read one lately, there’s no better time to start. Maybe you want a super sexy tale of passion in a contemporary setting with realistic situations but a guaranteed happy ending — give Lauren Dane and Jaci Burton a try. If you’d like to dive into the past, Stephanie Draven’s 1920s erotica might be for you, or Tessa Dare’s Regencies. Fans of science fiction and fantasy adventure settings don’t have to feel left out, either, not with Kit Rocha’s dystopian novels or Natalie J. Damschroder’s excellent adventure stories that often feature a paranormal twist. You can even slake your thirst for comedic mayhem with Misty Simon’s Poison Ivy series.

And if you simply can’t find the kind of romance you’re looking for, maybe now’s the time to start writing one of your own!


Questions for the Author:

Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did.

The most daring, adventurous and inspiring thing I ever did was to become a parent. It seemed like a swell idea at the time — get married, have some kids. It’s the thing people do, right? So I did it. And believe me, I’m not one of those moms whose children became everything. There were many times I spent time locked in my closet screaming into an armful of clothes in order to keep my sanity (which inspired me to write Precious and Fragile Things.) My children are the most important and wonderful thing I have ever done. They continue to awe and inspire and infuriate me every single day. I don’t recommend children, as a whole, but mine are pretty fantastic.

Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?)

When I was twelve, I figured out that people wrote books for a living. I’m not sure why it suddenly become so clear to me at that age, when I’d been an avid reader since age four or so. But suddenly I realized that not only could I make up stuff for a living, I could possibly be paid for it! From then on, I knew I wanted to be a writer.

Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)

The Stand, by Stephen King. I read it when I was twelve. It was the book that made me realize that people wrote books as their jobs.


MeganMegan Hart writes books. Some of them use a lot of bad words, but most of the other words are okay.

She can’t live without music, the internet, the ocean or her iPhone. She can’t stand the feeling of corduroy or velvet, and modern art leaves her cold. She writes a little bit of everything from horror to romance.

 

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