by Jennie Bentley
Happy upcoming Valentine's Day, y'all!
Looks like we don't have a scheduled blogger today, so I'm gonna hijack the blog for a minute to ask a question.
I recently sent the manuscript for DIY-4 to my editor. It'll be released sometime in late 2010, just in case you wanted to know. At least I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a release this year.
Before I sent it to the publisher, of course, it got vetted by my agent, who reads and critiques all my manuscripts.
Her comment on this one? "It's very smoochy. Have you ever considered writing straight romance?"
Um... yeah. I considered writing straight romance once. It's about eleven years ago now, before I started giving birth and any semblance of romance left my life. I even won my local RWA chapter's annual contest one year, with a manuscript called "A Fine Romance." (Yes, like the song. LOVE the song!)
Romance is the biggest selling slice of genre fiction out there. It had more than 13% market share at last count. And yes, I do read romance. Paranormal and contemporary, mostly. A little bit historical. Besides that, I like a good love story in everything I read and write. Love makes the world go round.
So in honor of Valentine's Day, let's all share our favorite fictional love stories. Who makes you melt, personally? Scarlett and Rhett? Russ and Clare? Ron and Hermione? Lord Peter and Harriet? Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet?
Have a lovely, romantic day, everyone!