Please join me in welcoming Linda Wisdom to Peeking Between the Pages today. She’s got a hectic schedule so I’m really pleased she made it. I reviewed Hex in High Heels yesterday and it’s a fantastic read. Just what I needed. Pop on over and take a peek at my review. Let’s relax a while, with some coffee or tea, and enjoy what Linda has to say about Romance Writing Yesterday and Today.
Many thanks to Darlene at Peeking Between The Pages for having me here talking about the changes in romance writing over the years.
When I think about the books I wrote back in 1978 and what I write now, all I can think is “thank you for letting us evolve!”
I remember my first two books well. Sweet innocent heroines, alpha heroes who could be borderline cruel, sizzling kisses (for then, now considered downright chaste), and you always closed the door on any sex scenes. As for pre marital sex? You better mention they’re heading to Vegas to get married. I actually had to do that with my second book!
I wrote the hero’s point of view in my first book and sadly, had to take it out. It just wasn’t done. You could only write from the heroine’s POV. How boring is that? Why shouldn’t we know what the men were thinking? Why can’t we feel the sexual tension that zinged between them? At least, more than we did.
But the times were a’changing. And we authors jumped on it with shrieks of joy. We could write sexier love scenes. We could dive into the hero’s head. And later on even a third point of view.
I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy writing those first books. After all, they were the beginning of my writing career and a good way to hone my craft. When I look back on it, I consider that time learning the basics. I wrote my first paranormal book in the late 1980s and while it did well it took some time to sell another because they weren’t as popular then as they are now.
Along the way we authors had the chance to give our books more depth. Not just heating up love scenes and showing what the hero was thinking about, but to add more layers to our books. More than one subplot, give the reader a deeper sense of the story itself.
From the beginning I wanted more in my books and along the way I could do that. I liked to call it breaking the rules and pushing the envelope. I’d add a few ‘forbidden’ things and see what made it in and what got me a “you can’t do that”.
Thanks to all our writing evolution, we authors were able to add more layers to our stories, give our readers MORE. I’m real big on layers and adding more to the books because I know I don’t like reading something that doesn’t have a lot of depth to it, so I can’t imagine the readers do either.
Writing books that covered a variety of subjects were also a great learning tool and allowed me to go further and the readers were happy with it.
I think of all the romance lines and imprints that have popped up over the years. Remember Richard Gallon in the early 1980s? Wonderful books and Sandra Brown went that extra step after Dell Candlelight Ecstasy, another wonderful line that I also wrote for. Loveswept gave us a lot of authors that moved on to fantastic single title books. I wrote three books for the line and had a blast there. We all stretched our wings. An historical line called Velvet Glove. When you’ve been in the business for a long time you see them coming and going, and you need to decide if you want to stay or not. What can I say? I love working in my jimmies. :} And I loved moving with the trends, learning along the way.
Yes, we authors have been able to do so much more with our books. After all, look at all the sub-genres we’ve come up with! Look at the even wider variety of reading material out there. But it’s also due to you, the readers. You welcomed our ventures. True, some may not take off, but more than enough do.
Running those extra miles in running has been a great exercise for we authors. I know it has for me and thanks to you, I’m now writing what I truly love.
What about you? Have you read the books long enough to see trends?
Thanks so much for joining us here today with this great guest post Linda! I have definitely been reading long enough to see the changing trends and I welcome them!
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