What Exactly do I Write?

I get asked a lot – what do you write? And I hedge. Okay, so technically my genre is romance, but there are so many different categories of romance it’s hard to pigeon hole myself into any one specific area. So I don’t say romance. People look at you like you’re a freak if you say you write romance – and don’t even get me started on the list of stupid questions you get regarding  your subject matter and research materials.

I started out writing – what I called – contemporary. That is your normal every day story about boy meeting girl in modern days, struggling to get together through all the trials and tribulations of life, then living happily ever after.

I got bored with that real fast.

Then I decided I wanted to write romantic suspense. Boy meets girl, antagonist tries to kill girl, boy saves girl, they live happily ever after.

Okay, so there were only so many ways I could come up with a believable conflict in a contemporary setting to write romantic suspense. I kept writing about stalkers or old abusive relationships.

I got bored.

So what did I do next? I threw some ghosts into the mix. Hey, ghosts can be fun, right? You can’t pin down a ghost. Ghosts can be from the present or they can be from hundreds of years ago. A plethora of ghosts adds interest, depth and texture to the picture! Okay now this was getting exciting! And it can be funny if you have some ornery, bored ghosts in the story.

How fun! So then I told people I write paranormal romance. So I wrote one.

Okay, that was my ghost story. I can’t write about ghosts again. I’m bored.

What do I do now?

How about stick with paranormal but choose another avenue.

Now I’m writing about mystics. I’m not sure if it will be witches or psychics. That’s the beauty of revisions. I don’t have to decide right away, my story will evolve as I write it.  This has a lot of room to be creative,  as long as the details are believable – and it gives me the excuse to research! I love to research.

So for now, when asked, I will say I write paranormal…if I’m asked today…

What I’ll say tomorrow…who knows? I still need to explore a little before settling in to a niche. But for now, I’ll just enjoy the ride.