Be Careful What You Wish For

Did I say something about my illiterate summer?  I met with my agent yesterday who handed me five romance novels by four authors.  She swears that I am, at heart, a “smart romance writer” and that these books prove there’s a market for such a thing.  My assignment: read them and share my reactions to each, what I like, what I don’t like, so we can talk about our vision for my career.

We both agreed that Hester was a bit of a fluke, that I’m more of a genre fiction writer than a literary one.  While I know I have family and friends who were glad to see me “graduate” from romance to literary, I never saw it that way.  I just want to like what I write.

At any rate, I am three chapters into Scandal by Carolyn Jewel.  So far, there’s a ton of emphasis on the sexual tension between a man and a woman I neither know nor care anything about.  I really have to care about the characters before I care whether or not they sleep together.  Still, chapter four begins with some discussion of Napoleon, so there’s potential here for the “smart” part.  I’ll keep reading…

Addendum:  In all fairness, I don’t like Regency romance. Scandal is well written, and for folks who love that genre, I’d really recommend it.  Trust me, though, I won’t be writing anything like it.  Sigh.

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5 Responses to Be Careful What You Wish For

  1. Fowl Ideas says:

    Your agent gives you summer reading assignments? You’re bringing back bad memories of school for me.

  2. Fowl Ideas says:

    For 0.0000002376% of authors life is remarkably glamourous.

  3. Liz says:

    You’re a smart writer, period! I bet by the time you finish those 5 books you will understand what works, what doesn’t, and why…. then you can have fun writing a break-out romance. Which is not a category anyone needs to “graduate” from!
    Keep the faith.

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