Romances with Other Stuff

I decided that I started writing romances when I realized that the paranormal-type stories that I was writing tended to lean more toward being a romance, with all the other stuff in the background. And that’s all it ever was to me—stuff. Werewolves, vampires, faeries, princes, princesses, it’s all just background stuff.

Let me get this straight: there’s nothing wrong with books that aren’t purely romances. I’ve been working on reading North and South by John Jakes for the last few months (it’s taken me a few months because I’d get distracted by other novels) and also The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, both of which have romance in them, but it’s not the main focal point. It’s just as a writer and a reader of romances, I live for those moments when the girl and guy interact, their first date, their first kiss, etc. That stuff is what drives my love for reading.

There’s this great blog called Nose Stuck in a Book (totally check it out) and if you follow them on Facebook, they put out a list of Free digital romances, ranging from contemporary to paranormal to sports, you get the picture. I was the perusing the list today and as there was a Billionaire Shifter Alpha series. Totally sounds interesting, right? (No, that’s not sarcasm). I didn’t get it though, because I’m trying to strike inspiration, so I’m reading books more along the lines of what I’m trying to write.

But the reason why I’m talking about this is as a writer, I’m like, how in the world can a person fit a story about a billionaire who also happens to be a shifter, who’s on top of that an alpha, into a book? That seems like a lot for the writer. From a previous post, you know that I can barely tell a story about two people with emotional trauma without doubling my word count. I’m in awe of people who can flawlessly tie together many different areas and create a book, because that must take so much determination and commitment and also patience. Every single word, sentence, paragraph has to be finely tuned so that the book isn’t the size of the dictionary.

So I guess that this is my shout out to the Billionaire Shifter Alpha Romance writers of the world or those who are writing paranormal romances. Keep doing you’re thing and wowing me with your word count and you’re ability to create a fresh, exciting world for the reader!