We’re going to go out on a limb and guess you’re a fan of romance. We certainly are, and while our choice to write romance was an easy one, we had no idea it would lead to so many decisions that wouldn’t be as easy. Like what kind of romance to write. And what you expect.
Do you read different types of romance? If so, you probably know there are many genres, but how many are you familiar with? Billionaire romance? That’s where one of the lead characters is uber-rich. This used to be millionaire romance, but everything costs more these days. There’s even a sub-genre called billionaire cowboy romance. There’s Gothic, which Paul thought was like the Addams Family or the Munsters but isn’t really that at all. There’s medical and military, LGBTQ and paranormal, and a bunch of categories involving vampires and werewolves and time travel. And we can’t leave out romantic comedy, romantic suspense, and sports romance. The list goes on and on.
Then there’s the issue of how graphic a romance is. Christian romance has no course language or intimacy between unmarried couples. Even when couples are married intimacy is suggested but never described. This is called keeping the bedroom door closed, which is a description we like a lot. Authors Francine Rivers and Lucy Score are examples of the two extremes. Both are outstanding writers with wide followings. Rivers’s books keep the bedroom door closed tight, while Score’s characters, when they even make it to the bedroom, leave the door wide open. There is plenty of great writing in between.
We try to focus on characters whose lives cover the spectrum. Yes, there is sometimes sex between people who aren’t married, because in life this happens. Just like some people swear and cuss and others don’t. Some drink too much; others don’t touch the stuff. Some make bad decisions and have to face the consequences. Others make bad decisions and get away with them. There are characters who lie and cheat and help others and put their lives out to save another. We have them in our books, along with great people with personal issues they keep hidden from the world and terrible people who do great things.
And when the romance goes further than hugging and kissing and sweet words? We gently close the bedroom door. Not because we’re ashamed or embarrassed by what is going on, but because we want you to use your imagination. And isn’t that what writing and reading are all about? The writer uses their imagination to create worlds that allow your imagination to take flight.
We hope you enjoy our writing and that your imagination is constantly flying.