Why did I name myself the Defiant Romantic?
My parents might say it’s because I was the rebellious child. I caused them the most trouble as a teenager.
I say it’s because I was the black sheep.
I like to color outside the lines.
Romance has been a part of my life since I can remember. I always wanted to be swept off my feet. Defining my knight-in-shining-armor was another issue, but I’ll save that for another time.
Writing romance was more difficult than I thought it would be. My romance isn’t the fluffy stuff of historical bodice-ripper fame, nor is it the easy-breezy heartbreak stories of Harlequin tradition. I also don’t do drama in the fashion of Nicholas Sparks.
I’m not saying these don’t have merit- or their place in every romance reader’s lives. They are on bookstore shelves (or Amazon book lists) for a reason.
I’m saying that being my defiant self, I find it hard to follow rules. Especially rules that govern my creative processes.
I write genre fiction, but I can’t get away from literary patterns. I love an intricate plot (again, I can’t stick to one story line- I must have at least three), but I also love description. My readers must be able to immerse themselves in my stories.
I also love witty dialogue, especially if it keeps the plot moving. Each character should have their own distinctive voice. But I also love great narrative; I want to be in the characters’ heads, I want to know their motivations.
Basically, I want it all.
And my readers will be those who want that too. I hope you will hang around and see what I have in store. It’s about to be a wild ride.