What Kind of Romance Do I Want to Write?

I’ve been learning a lot during this romance writing process, including that “Romance” is not a comprehensive term. There are many, many (many…) sub-genres. Harlequin makes it pretty easy to understand the difference. Here’s a taste:


There’s so many choices, but I  think I can start narrowing it down. It didn’t take me long to realize that Redeeming the Rancher had a Christian bent. I know I probably should have known from the title, but I didn’t put in much time when picking this out. It’s from Harlequin’s Love Inspired imprint.

love inspired

I won’t be creating any religious romances. And I don’t think I want to get involved in super natural romances. The ones with rich, powerful people don’t really speak to me either. (Who wants to read about people who already have everything finding love on top of the rest of it?)

Right now I’m thinking that “American Romance” speaks to me. Small towns. Community.  A long time ago I realized that all my favorite TV shows are about small towns and the tight-knit, quirky communities who live there. Friday Night Lights. Gilmore Girls. Northern Exposure. Maybe I should start binge watching these shows all over again so I can reacquaint myself with small town life.

The Harlequin Intrigue imprint also interests me–mostly because it adds an element beyond the romance. It would be nice throw in an element of mystery or suspense to break up the romance.

Readers, do you have a preference? Do you have a specific kind of romance that you like to read or do you mix it up?

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