If you go to a romance novel convention, you will quickly discover that the romance genre covers a broad spectrum of writing. You’ll most likely see everything from Christian romance to erotica. With my experience, it’s mostly erotica, and I do have some erotica author friends. I’ve been told that is where the money is. The steamier, the better.
I guess this is a good time to let my readers know what they can expect from my writing. I consider myself a PG-13 author and won’t cross certain lines. What do I mean by that? Well, I have two young daughters that want to read my novels one day. That is one thing that keeps me accountable to what I write, as does my somewhat conservative lifestyle and beliefs. People that know me can tell you I don’t curse; therefore, I’m not going to be typing out curse words. That doesn’t mean some of my characters don’t curse. If you read Unexpected Metamorphosis, you may have noticed I subtly addressed that in one situation.
As for sex, my characters haven’t gotten to that point, but when and if they do (it’s all a secret), I promise it will be behind closed doors. I will not be describing every little detail.
Do my beliefs mean that my writing is squeaky clean, and everything is all unicorns and daisies? No, of course not! Where’s the story in that? Within the first chapter of Unexpected Metamorphosis, you learn that Alissia is well aware of physical abuse, alcoholism, and rape. There’s also a gory death scene in the novel.
I try to keep it real, even when it comes to the sexual tension. I don’t ignore it when I write. I just try to find creative ways to write about it. I put my characters in certain situations, and I even gave each of them their personality for a reason, especially Alissia. She’s not an easy person to get close to, emotionally or physically.
Although I won’t be writing out sex scenes, I do try to put a lot of passion and description into the kissing scenes. That’s where the PG-13 rating (along with the violence) comes in.
So, now you know what to expect from me. I won’t type out sex scenes or curse words; however, my writing includes violence and passionate kissing. If you were hoping for erotica, sorry. If you like it steamy, yet somewhat clean, then that’s me.
I’d also like to take this time to say thank you to all of my readers that have reached out to me to let me know they enjoyed the story. I know I will eventually get bad ratings and words (all authors get them) so I will try to focus on your positive words when that time comes. If you have a chance, I ask that you leave a rating either at Goodreads or Amazon. That’s the best way to support a new author.