Why do I write contemporary romance? Because that’s what most of the voices in my head are speaking. I know, I sound crazy (jury’s still out on that one), but I always have characters speaking or small scenes playing in my head. When they get loud enough and interesting enough for me to stop what I’m doing to listen, I write them down. Usually, the characters are modern day and the scenes are ones that I’d recognize as occurring now. I sit down at my computer and, if I’m lucky, the characters or scenes will inspire me to write a whole story. If not, I add them to my ideas file.
My ideas file is quite large at this point. I’ll admit, there are a few ideas in it that are not contemporary romance—I’m toying with female pirates and an immigrant story based on family lore—but those ideas scare me because they involve a lot of the unknown (and a lot of research, which, as I mentioned last week, is not my forte).
I’m in awe of those writers who can create completely different worlds and write paranormal or fantasy. My favorite author (Lynn Kurland) writes time travel romance. I’ve gone to a few seminars on world building and while I’m intrigued, I just don’t think it’s something I could create well enough to entertain someone. I can’t get past suspending my own disbelief long enough to enable my reader to do it. So for now, the voices in my head remain firmly planted in the present.