Do you like one, specific genre of m/m romance or do you like multiple genres? Is there one genre or troupe that you simply can’t stand? I tend to enjoy many genres, but it depends on my mood and my purpose for reading at that given moment. It’s just like food. Sometimes, I want comfort food, and sometimes I want a nice, balanced meal. Sometimes I even want a salad. Sometimes I want a Susi Hawke and J.D. Light book, and sometimes I want a Rhys Ford or Riley Hart book. It is what it is.
Despite this, when I started writing, I didn’t have to think too hard on what genre to begin with. I had just finished reading ALL of Hannah Walker’s books, and I wanted more sci-fi, m/m romance, damn it! I’ve read a lot of great stories in this genre, but there just aren’t many available. So, I decided to pick up a story I had started over eight years ago. I had maybe a thousand words written in it.
In October of 2018, I finished my debut novella, The Mercenary’s Mate, and The Blue Solace series was born.
I uploaded it to Amazon and then started thinking about Book Two. There was a problem, though. It was fall and the leaves were finally changing. Pumpkin spice everything was everywhere. I wanted to read a seasonal contemporary romance, not write a sci-fi romance.
There were some good ones coming out soon from my favorite authors, but it would be a couple of weeks. Now, am I a patient person? No!!!
So, I sat down and wrote a book I wanted to read – Falling for the Omega. Writing it was a completely different experience from writing The Mercenary’s Mate. As much as they have in common, they are still very different.
Writing a book in my sci-fi series takes more concentration, time, and effort. I absolutely love it, but it’s a bit draining. A full, 90,000 word novel would take me ages and I would need a ton of breaks, so I’m glad I’m dedicated to novellas.
The Hobson Hills series, on the other hand, is a complete joy to write. It’s refreshing and pure fun. The books in this series are shorter, which explains some of it, but they’re also fluffier and happier. For me, writing one of these is like drinking a yummy latte from Starbucks. It’s comforting and gives me the warm fuzzies.
Does this mean that I’ll ever stop writing my sci-fi books? Uh, is Mal Reynolds boring and unattractive? That would be a no. An extra big, NO.
I love writing in both of my series and fully plan to keep at it, and I’ve found the best way to stay on track is to alternate. I’ll write a longer, more complex book, then follow it with one of my light and fun Hobson Hills books.
It works for me!
What genres do you enjoy? Are there any that you simply can’t stand?