I've always taken the romance genre and for the sake of love bent the romance writing rules a bit. Even in my very tradition historical romance series, The Deverell Series, I did some naughties ignoring the list that THEY say I can't break. I think it makes the story more fun and real and relevant. The characters don't have to be formula one dimensional. Powerful man rescues girls struggling. Girl with life together rescues guy not together. Sweet girl heals broken-hearted man. Etc. Etc. Etc. I love that I see now such an amazing variety of heroes and heroines in romance today. Characters flawed and real like we are. And they are rising up from Indie World.
Part of what I love about Indie Romance Authors is they are not forced to perform within traditional publishing format as they create their stories. Love doesn't always have to look the same, and I do so love a surprise. Whatever your opinion of 50 shades, Ana and Christian are not your every- day- book couple. One of my favorite Indies, Rachel Blaufeld, proved they don't even have to have the every-day-book couple jobs. In her best selling Electric Tunnel Series, her heroines are girls with pasts who work as strippers and find happily every after. And her books are marvelous.
So as I finalize the next two books of the Half Shell Series, knowing I've broken some rules, my only question isn't whether I've done something wrong breaking all the rules. It is: Did I do it well? You will let me know. I don't doubt that. But granny is breaking bad as she finishes this series...well at least They, the people who make the rules, will think so. I don't care about them. I want to know what you think.
As ever, I wish you Peace.
The Girl on the Half Shell Available Amazon and Free on Kindle Unlimited
The Girl of Tokens and Tears Releasing February 28th