To celebrate publication of Elizabeth Hoyt’s three modern romances, Hot, For the Love of Pete and Once and Always, we asked her to tell us why she went back to contemporary romance after so many years spent in Maiden Lane . . .
You know how some actors get typecast—they play a pointy-eared alien on a very popular 1960s science fiction TV show and thereafter they can only get acting jobs involving space? Well, I think the same thing sometimes applies to writers. Take me, for instance. I’ve written a rather popular (if I do say so myself) historical romance series (Maiden Lane) set in Georgian London and for some reason that makes readers surprised when they find out that I write contemporary romance set in Midwestern America as well.
Dude. It’s not like I grew up in the eighteenth century.
I love writing my historical romances, but I also love writing contemporary romances. It’s a bit like using a different muscle group. If you spend a lot of time lifting weights, it feels good to get out and go for a brisk walk. Writing a contemporary romance feels fresh and fun after writing several historical romances—I use different vocabulary, different pacing, and different character life stories. And after writing a contemporary romance, my historical writing feels lush and sensuous. I think writing both subgenres makes me a better all around writer.
But! Several years ago the American book market swerved and we writers were told that the contemporary romance was DEAD. Dead, I tell you! Fortunately I already had my historical romance career. I simply continued writing about Maiden Lane and decided—sadly!—that writing contemporary romances just wasn’t meant to be.
And then, of course, the book market swerved again.
Suddenly readers were interested in contemporary romances, which was very nice for me as I’d never be able to work dog sledding and ice fishing, not to mention the Russian mob, into a Georgian historical.
So I’m thrilled that my third contemporary romance will (finally) be coming out and I do hope that I’ll continue to be able to write both lush historicals and fast, slightly silly, contemporary romances, because life is better with a little variety.
At least in my opinion.
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