Please welcome today's guest author, Bonnie Paulson
Own your Genre
Romance is known for its steam scenes, happy endings and men with muscles that go on forever.
I’ve been teased for reading “smut”. I hid my genre when I started to write it. I claimed I wrote mysteries, thrillers. I went so far as to say I wrote literary. I even tried writing that way. Then I had an epiphany.
I couldn’t figure out why it was so dang hard to write. Everyone says write what you know. Finally, I acknowledged to myself I know romance. I’ve been reading the awesome genre since I was 8. It’s my fall back. I’ll stray and check out other genres (Harry Potter, for example) but I always return to romance.
What I learned is no genre is “more” prestigious than another. To the reader, whatever genre they like is the royal genre to them.
This is a subjective business and not because of agents and editors. Subjectivity comes from the different tastes of the readers. People like different things at different times – like food.
Whatever you write or read, be proud of it. Say it clear – don’t mumble like I used to. Jeesh, you would’ve thought I was an alcoholic or something.
I’m a romance writer. I like the mushy stuff. I like a solid, well-delivered line that creeps under my skin and kisses my bones.
I’m Bonnie R. Paulson and I read and write romance.
How about you?
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