My name is Krista Phillips, and I write non-fluffy romantic comedy.
I know… what? There IS such a thing? How can that possibly be?
For those who may not know it exists, I thought I’d enlighten you today!
I like to say I write filled-cupcake fiction. Fluffy (fun) on the outside, but when you bite in, there is a nice, deep, rich inside that kinda takes you by surprise.
Really, it reflects my own personality too. I always love getting to know authors, because so many times I find that their writing really does reflect some basic “thing” about them. Like my friend Amy Leigh Simpson who writes spicey romantic suspense. I can literally hear her talk as I read her books, and she has the most suspense-filled mind of any person I know. She regularly admonishes me to NOT stop at rest areas as they are a breeding place of crime. I stop anyway (shhhh, don’t tell her!)
But for me, non-fluffy romcom is so totally me. I believe a little laughter and a lot of Jesus makes everything a little bit better. Both in life AND in fiction. I get SO EXCITED when people tell me what parts made them giggle… but I get equally excited at reviews that say, “Wow, this was more than just fluff. It made me cry too!”
A few giggle-worthy reviews my latest novel, The Engagement Plot, received:
“I expected a dippy boring romance but was pleasantly surprised to discover a very interesting book — romance, yes, but a great story to hold my interest.”
WHOOP for no dippy, boring romances!!!
“It is a well-written book with a fantastic plot. Oh, my goodness, the comedy and humor in this book kept me laughing until tears rolled down my face. Yet, underneath all the funny and silly moments, there was an incredibly tender and poignant yet fragile romance ready to surface. Will and Hanna’s love story had so many twists and turns that I wasn’t sure, even towards the end, if there would be a happily-ever-after. The heartache they both faced made my heart hurt, too.”
See, now that review made ME squeal with glee and then blot out tears from my eyes.
My point is: Just because a book is labeled romcom or has a “fluffy” looking cover doesn’t mean that it is an all-fluff book.
(mine totally says fluff — my publisher decided to highlight the funny aspect the most — something, interestingly enough, many readers have commented on not liking. Tucking that tid-bit in my back pocket for future reference, even though the publisher chooses the cover, not me!!)
Also, I want to be clear. There is nothing wrong with a fluffy-light-hearted book. I enjoy them all the time, too! Sometimes, you just need a giggle, plain and simple! It’s just not what I personally write.
Do you read “funny” books in your fiction? What’s the last book you’ve read that you would label “comedy”?