Monday, October 31, 2011

Top Five Misconceptions About Romance Writers

If you're interested, come visit me at A. J. Nuest's Tattered Pages blog today. I'm discussing that dreaded manuscript-under-the-bed.  Then come back and take a look at some common misconceptions about romance writers.

I write romance, and I mostly share this information with other romance writers or readers.  Occasionally though, I tell someone who is not necessarily familiar with the genre, and their misconceptions are laughable.  You'll notice there are only five items on the list this time.  This is because I had to have some space to clear up the misconceptions.  So, here are the top five misconceptions about romance writers.  I might have exaggerated...just...a...smidge ;-)

5.  Misconception--The ideas for stories come from our little, secret perversions.

     Reality--My perversions are BIG and out there, baby! (Okay, I've been married to the same man for fifteen years, and he's still my best friend and fave person to be with, so no hidden perversions here).

4.  Misconception--All romance writers are un-happy, love-starved housewives who need an outlet for all their pent-up frustration before they explode.

     Reality--I have a Master's Degree and a professional day job.  See previous item concerning my level of happiness and frustration concerning my love life.

3.  Misconception--All romance books are full of heaving bosoms, throbbing loins, and wistful sighs.

     Reality--As a genre, romance has come a long way.  There are many types of romance for all kinds of readers.  From chick lit to urban fantasy to romantic suspense to Inspirational, the choices are endless, and the heroines are multifaceted.  Gone are the simpering damsels in distress.  Now, she'd be more likely to kick his throbbing loins just for looking at her heaving bosoms until he was wistfully sighing for his crushed boys below, if you know what I mean.

2.  Misconception--Romance stories are the easiest genre to write, and anyone can write one.

     Reality--Pull all your fingernails and toenails out with a pair of pliers, pluck each of your hairs out one at a time with a pair of tweezers, and pull your bottom lip over your head until you can taste the back of your neck(I stole and modified that last one from Bill Cosby), then you'll know the pain and frustration a romance writer encounters trying to write a publishable story that appeals to a wide audience of readers and might make a little money.

1.  Misconception--Romance writers sit around in feather boas, pink fuzzy slippers, and eat bon-bons all day.

     Reality--Okay, this one is soooo true (or at least I wish it were).

There you have it.  Five misconceptions about being a romance writer.  To hear more from other romance writers, watch this short video:

You can also read author Alexandra Ivy's opinion on the topic here.

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Veronica Scott said...

Sums the situation up pretty darn well! Really enjoyed the post.

Rosen Trevithick said...

Ha ha! This did make me laugh.

Patricia said...

Oh my God, Cherie, you should get an award for this post! If there was ever EVER a better-written summation of the misconception of romance writers, I'd like to read it! This was THE best. And I don't write romance but more women's fiction with romantic elements or contemp fiction with romantic elements, but I like to read romance amongst other genres. And the opinions of some about the romance genre need to be changed and you just did it!

Unknown said...

LOL :) In my experience, I think a lot of people beleive #1!

Calisa Rhose said...

Ok- why don't I have perversion? And where the hell do I find a fuzzy boa and pink fuzzy slippers? Ok, 28 years married to one man... he is the perverted one. He married me!

Awesome post Cherie! Hallelujah and Amen! If they only knew. Hell, if 'I' only knew. Okay, I'd still write, but if they only knew!