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Romance Novels and Zombies

About a week and a half ago, I got a wonderful, perfect idea. It was a solution to QoS, which ended somewhat BLAH. So I wrote it down, and set it aside. But it wouldn't stay. So I wrote a bit, which was a mistake because now, 10 days later, I'm 122 pages in and sinking fast.

So what was this wonderful, perfect idea?

Queen of Swords needed to be a "real" romance.

Now, why was this such a revelation? Because I've been fighting against writing a romance ever since I started this writing gig. Which is just plain silly because I love romances and there's always heavy romantic tones in my books.

But I couldn't get past writing a sex scene. Which is, again, just plain silly. But I had this nightmare of my super-conservative-Rush-Limbaugh-listening-to grandparents (who I love and adore) reading it. And so love scenes just didn't happen.

But QoS NEEDED to be a romance. Because it wasn't working.

And, to tell you the truth - it's a million times better now that I added the male POV and concentrated the plot. And I'm having these days with ridiculous word counts (5k, 7k, 5k, etc) because things are set up so perfectly.

You know what? I LOVE it. I love writing romance. I mean, zombies will always be my favorite (because, hello, they're zombies) but I like this sci-fi romance bit I have going right now, too.

And, speaking of zombies, a new character sprang, fully formed, into my head. Her name is Ruth and she's determined to be a part of the sequel (and maybe third book) of HotD. And I have this fantastic scene floating around in my head in which she plays a vital part.

But ...

Well, I don't know what's happening with HotD yet. I mean, it's floating around out there in the query-go-round, but there's no guarentee that it'll be picked up. Or that there will even be a sequel.

So Ruth will wait, rather patiently I might add, to see what happens with HotD. And so will I. Because I can be patient and have faith. Really. STOP LAUGHING!!!


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Feb. 12th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
lol We're eerily similar. I swore I'd never write romance either. I was determined to write straight-up science fiction, but my male MC kept wanting to hook up with this hot assassin chick. I got mad at the story, threw it out (or rather, I closed the doc file), and wrote a new book.

It had romance, too.

Then, I started realizing romances were creeping into my TBR stack and *gasp* I actually enjoyed them.

I've given up trying keep romances out of my books. And, hey, it's the highest selling genre out there. I say, stop resisting!

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Katee Robert

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I'm an aspiring writer. My books range from zombies to djinn to retold fairy tales, and I love a good make-out scene. When I'm not lost in imaginary worlds, I'm hanging out with my two wee ones and moving around the world with my military husband.

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