Newsletter subscribers already know I've been writing some contemporary romance--it started as a just for fun, and just for me project that I poked at during my downtime while I was working on By Helen's Hand. An idea that just wouldn't let me go, with characters who were electric and alive, and I couldn't entirely ignore.
Well, nearly three years later, I finished that manuscript, finally and at last. It became my burn-out recovery just for fun, just for me project--the project that I kept returning to, that kept calling to me, because it was just so much FUN. And after Daughter of a Thousand Years, I needed something fun. Something just for me, without any pressure or expectation.
In a lot of ways, writing Daughter of a Thousand Years felt like ripping myself open, but writing Kate & Sully, my first contemporary romance, and poking at its sequel, has been like stitching myself back up again. Healing the wounds that had been left open to fester.
I forgot how much fun writing could be, and writing romance gave that joy back to me.
But never in a million years would I have thought I'd be here, deriving so much pleasure from writing in a genre that was so divorced from the things I loved--mythology, history, fantasy. If you had asked me in 2013 if I would ever consider writing a contemporary romance (without any kind of fantastic element) I would have laughed at the idea.
But when I look at my other work--Postcards from Asgard, Fate of the Gods, and Daughter of a Thousand Years to name just the ones that are published--maybe it isn't so strange. It's not THAT big of a jump from writing contemporary stories with mythic and fantastic elements to writing contemporary stories without them, after all. And I can't deny that Postcards from Asgard is absolutely a romance. I can't deny that Fate of the Gods has an epic love triangle at its heart as well as a significant contemporary story. And Emma's half of Daughter of a Thousand Years is unquestionably contemporary, too. So maybe it was only a matter of time before I found my way here.
This doesn't change anything in regard to Orc 3. It doesn't change anything about my plans for this year, really, except that a little bit more is happening in the background while I try to find the path forward for this new side of my authorself. It's just going to be another facet--because I still love myth and fantasy. I still love Bolthorn and Arianna and the world I built for them. I still love all the things I loved before, and I imagine I will absolutely want to come back to them, that I will never actually leave them at all, judging by the number of projects that are not contemporary romance in my writing spreadsheet right now.
But I have found something new that I love. Something new that is feeding me something I desperately need right now. And I hope that maybe, when and if, it might be something you'll love too.
The author journey is always evolving, for me, it seems. And I can't tell you how grateful I am for all of you who have been journeying, all this time, alongside me! I hope you'll follow me on this new adventure, too.
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