It’s no secret that I write mostly for women.
Mostly. Not entirely.
When I was little and read books written for boys–and there were many–in my head, if there wasn’t one, I always inserted a girl. IMHO, girl perspectives brought something extra to those stories. While boy books made me think, I looked for books that also made me feel. Those weren’t as common as you’d expect.
As a teenager I was reading westerns I borrowed from my father and Harlequin romances supplied my grandmother. That’s how I got my thinking/feeling fix. (I once referred to Louis L’Amours as romances for guys and I thought the male librarian was going to have a stroke.)
I got my start reading fantasy a little later in life with Thieves’ World. Those books had female protagonists. They were kickass. I was hooked. I moved on to Piers Anthony’s Chronicles of Immortality. After that it was Guy Gavriel Kay, David Eddings, and Terry Goodkind.
But that’s not all I read. Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and M.M. Kaye all factored in.
These days, as a writer, my optimal mix is 50% romance and 50% plot. While I write primarily for women, I want my books to also appeal to those male readers who want a story that makes them feel as well as think.
All of this brings me to the point of my post. Yes, I write for profit. This is my career and I love it. But I also write for fun. I want to share what I love with my reades, and I love ideas (and apparently cowboys). I love exploring “What ifs.” I have enough story outlines to take me through the next decade.
I hope you’ll join me.
I’m ridiculously happy with a review Pale Moon Walking received from Dear Author. It got a B-, which anyone who follows Dear Author knows is pretty darned good. The review itself is overall positive. You can check it out here:
And I still think this is the prettiest cover ever!
I hope the weather’s as beautiful where you are as it is here. We’re having a great start to the fall in Nova Scotia.
Today is especially great. Pale Moon Walking, from Entangled Publishing, is now available!
It’s an historical western romance with science fiction elements. (FYI, the elements are nanoparticles and aliens…)
Here’s a little about it:
Where the outlaws are out of this world…
US Marshal Sam Kyote has been sent to the dry old town of Coyote Bluff to recuperate from a top-secret government experiment that’s left this law man a little…well, different. But Sam’s about to find out that the town of Coyote Bluff has a whole lot of secrets. Most of which lead to Libby Mayden-the sexy, long-legged, and tight-lipped sheriff who saved his ass from an alien ambush.
The last thing Libby needs is a US Marshal poking around her town, especially one who’s hotter than the Nevada desert sun. She can’t let Sam find out most of her town are wanted outlaws. Between the aliens, the gunfighters, and a searing sexual attraction to Sam, she’s in a whole heap of trouble. And Libby’ll stride both sides of the law–and Sam–until she’s forced to choose between self-preservation…and her heart.
Sounds good, right?
To celebrate the release of Pale Moon Walking, I’m giving away a print copy of The Demon’s Daughter on Goodreads. The Demon’s Daughter is the first book in my Demon Outlaws series (which, by the way, is complete and also available). The Demon Outlaws series is another take on the West—this time futuristic dystopian with demons, not historical western science fiction with aliens.
I really love mash-ups of different genres. They’re so fun to write.
Drop me a line and let me know what you think of writers who mix their genres. For it? Against it? Depends on the author?