Monday, August 7, 2017

I Wish There was a Genre Called "Relationship Fiction"

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This may sound arrogant, or even hokey, but I get weary of hearing myself say, "I write romance novels," whenever I'm asked about what I do. People either think I'm writing cheap, schmaltzy novels, or they think I'm writing erotica. Neither is the case, as there is so much more to what I write.

I write stories about human relationships. Love isn't limited to a man and a woman falling in love and living happily ever after. Love is about all kinds of human relationships. The love of a parent to a child. The love between siblings. Even the platonic love between close friends. The romance between and man and a woman is only a part of my story.

The Journey includes a heartwarming subplot about the relationship between brothers Jeremy and Larry Palmer, as Larry puts his own life on hold to help his ailing brother through a life altering crisis. That's true love. 

In The Deception, a father literally takes a bullet meant for his child. That's also true love. 

In The Betrayal, a long estranged aunt finally lets go of the rivalry she carried for her deceased sister and reaches out to her niece, accepting her like another daughter. That too is love.

The reason why I write romance, instead of science fiction or mystery or horror, is because I've always been fascinated by the complexity and dynamics of human relationships; not only between lovers, but between family members as well. Of course those relationships can be part of the storyline in those other genres, but the romance genre is the only one where the primary focus is on human relationships, and I expand the boundaries.

MM

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