The title of this post pretty much says it all. My next WIP is going to be a paranormal romance and for some reason I feel the need to explain why. My genre has been and probably always will be a type of fantasy, be it urban or epic. The stories I write always have a strong romantic element (I'm a sucker for a good love story) and it finally occurred to me that perhaps I should actually write the love story I would want to read. Voila, an idea is born.
Here's the plan, nine (count them 9) months from now (time enough for a baby so time enough for a book) is the deadline for the RWA (Romance Writers of America) Golden Heart Contest. This is a huge contest where the finalists all receive great honours for getting that far. You might think I'm being cocky believing I can beat out 1200 other entrants and make it to the finals, but I have a secret weapon.
A new member of our local writing group is a published romance author. Mimi Barbour is experienced not only with writing romances and having them published, but has also done judging for romance contests and has even worked with a Golden Heart winner! I've often said life is all about timing, and I think my decision to finally write this paranormal romance couldn't have been more true to this adage.
What I would love is if some of my followers who write in this genre or have an idea that is a romantic plot would do this along with me. That way, we can support one another. Did I mention that as a finalist you get a free trip to the RWA conference? Last year it was in Orlando, Florida.
Did I also mention that nearly all finalists have their pick of agents and basically all winners in the various genres get published? Just saying. :p
So, the question is, who's with me?