Have you ever found yourself wanting to read a certain genre more than others?
Obviously, since you’re here, you love Contemporary Christian Romance. Right?
But I have a confession.
I prefer to read historical.
What? But you write contemporary!
I know. But just look at my bookshelf.
Besides how messy it is, what do you notice? It’s mostly historicals.
My friends ask me quite often why, if I love historicals so much, do I write contemporary?
Can you guess?
If you answered with the sneaky little word research, you’re right. That, and I do love to read contemporary novels, too. I just tend to gravitate towards historicals more often.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I still have to do some research for these modern-day tales I write. Like what that thing is called a nurse practitioner uses to shine a light in a child’s ear–yeah. I had to look that up for my book Writing Home. Or what the temperatures are like on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia in December. Yes. I had to research that one, too, for my soon-to-release novella, Mistletoe Make-believe, coming out later this month.
But, those are easy facts to look up. Unlike how people kept their food from spoiling in the eighteen hundreds. Or the exact way they washed their clothes. Or how long it took to travel from point A to point B. You get my drift. That takes a lot more work and digging. I’m always afraid I will get something wrong.
And let me tell you–people who read historical fiction can usually tell when an author gets something wrong.
Still, every now and then a bit of history sneaks into my contemporary novels. I just can’t help it.
In my very first novel, there’s a whole thread set back in the 1970s, showing you bit by bit why my character Ruth has turned out bitter and angry in the modern times. (Though some people have told me that the 1970s shouldn’t be considered history yet). My history teacher husband helped me make sure all those facts were right. :-)
So, I’m curious. Do you only read one genre? Do you read all the genres, but find yourself gravitating toward one more than another? What makes your genre of choice your favorite?
Give me an answer and I’ll do a drawing on 9/8 to send one U.S. reader a paperback copy of my first novel, An Unexpected Legacy.