My post yesterday on the Bold Strokes Blog got me thinking about the relationships I’ve written. The first three books I wrote had female main characters, but their love interests were men. Of course, because I’m me, they couldn’t be this:
They had to be more like this:
They had to be humans + aliens or goblins or…something weird. The only human/human relationships that really shone were, um, this:
Hmm. My men had the most romantic relationship I’d written so far (and if you think I loved writing “my men”, you’re right). Even though my m/m* romance wasn’t the main plot, they had yeeaarrrnnning. My f/m relationships were loving, but they were also understanding, far more down to earth than my men (my MEN). The guys had that over-the-top, I-must-rescue-him, LUURRVVV that I associate with romance, and I loved writing them. When I left their point-of-views, I couldn’t wait to get back.
That’s when I realized that, holy shit, I wanted to write a romance. But not just any romance.
Even with that in mind, I didn’t set out to write a ROMANCE. Katya and Starbride’s relationship just kind of took over, becoming as important to the plot as my main adventure. I struggled with that. I associated romance with f/m books that lacked the F/SF** elements I craved. When paranormal romance took off, that didn’t help; I’m drawn to science fiction and traditional fantasy rather than urban fantasy. (Nothing personal, urban fantasy. I like you, but I don’t love you. It’s not you; it’s me. Your heart will heal when you learn to love again, etc.)
It’s not until I discovered SF/F romance that I found where I wanted to be. For such a complicated melding of genres, both need to be given equal footing. My romance had to be as strong as my fantasy adventure and vice versa.
You mean, I could have luurrvvv and also…this:
Kissing scenes AND fighting scenes? Hold me back! And of course, it’s a fantasy, so there are plenty of swords. That means kissing and fighting and STABBING. Somebody catch me…I’m starting to hyperventilate.
When did you fall in love with a certain genre, either reading or writing?