Erotically Charged Romance

Romance is a Category

By on Sep 24, 2010 in opinion, writing, WTF? | 391 comments

In case you missed it, Danielle Steel said in an interview that she does not write romance novels. Excuse me? Now, she isn’t my favorite author, but I’ve read one or two of her books, and I’m pretty sure she does. I’m not an expert or anything, but I do read a lot of books that are categorized as romance, and I think I have a pretty good idea what they look like.

She says that she sees romance as a category. Yes. So? All books pretty much fall into a category. That’s how we find them (and sell them). When I walk into Barnes and Noble, I know exactly where to go to find the book that I want because they are put into categories. Mystery? Along the back wall. Young adult? Right next to the children’s section. Romance? Middle of the store. What’s wrong with being in a category? I can just imagine sending in the following query letter describing my books as not fitting into any category. Instant rejection.
Point of blog post: I right romance and I am damn proud of it.