Friday, February 02, 2007
So, not cracked up to write erotic romance...
I’m doomed. Doomed, I tell you. Why? Well, because the market at the moment is for “erotic romance”, and I can’t do it. I just don't fit the bill. For starters, as Tilly pointed out the other day, my heroes aren’t heroes, they’re anti-heroes. Secondly, I don’t do HEA (Happily Ever After). I do ambiguous, bitter-sweet, maybes, which frequently prompt one crit partner to call me a nasty lady. But I can’t be the only person who thinks saccharine-coated HEA are over rated, can I?
All this is causing serious problems with regard to demon-novella, which is to be marketed as paranormal erotic romance, as currently it features an anti-hero, an ambiguous ending, and the hottest scene so far is … erm… grimace… bad me… a dubious non-consensual m/m scene… Dammit, how did that sneak in there? It’ll have to go, of course, but I’ve no idea how I’m going to deliver the plot twist without it. Assuming it is actually a plot twist and not just a load of cobblers. I am making this up as I go along, you know.
What do you all think? Do I have to toe the line, or can I get away with it?