Gina’s a lover of history, books and romance, which makes the perfect recipe for historical romance writer. Her passion for castles and old places (the older and moldier the better!) means interesting family vacations. Good thing her husband and two sons share similar passions, except for romance…that’s where she gets the eye roll. When not visiting fascinating places, she can be found in southern California delving into the latest adventures of organic gardening and serving as chief taxi driver.
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What Lures You, Romance Reader?
You crack open a book, or your eReader, with one purpose in mind:
Take me away…entertain me.
As an author, I aim to please and meet those needs. You deserve that slice of heaven found in a book.
But, it sure squishes my insides to read things like “Historical romance is dead.” Ugh!
Despite such ominous statements, I’m an optimist. That’s really saying something considering I write Viking romance, a very niche sub-genre to be sure. Yet, three factors give me hope for historical romance. Here they are:
1. Thank You Television
Last season, Downton Abbey drew 24 million viewers. History Channel’s Vikings attracted 6 million viewers (that niche sub-genre thing at work). And there was nary a paranormal creature in sight. Pop culture tends to replicate itself in the nooks and crannies of our world. What we like to see, we like to read (and vice versa).
2. Young Adult to New Adult to ???
Have you wondered where this new sub-genre, New Adult, came from? Could it be YA readers are growing up, and they hanker for characters in their age group? Today’s New Adult reader is likely tomorrow’s other genre romance reader. I cut my romance reader teeth on Barbara Cartland before moving on. A sliver of those NA readers are bound to reach for historical romance.
It was 1972 when Kathleen Woodiwiss’s The Flame and the Flower catapulted romance to the publishing force it is today. For two decades, the men readers craved: knights, pirates, warriors, and cowboys. The 1980s brought a shift with Julie Garwood’s humor in historical romance. I’m just saying…if the TV show Dallas, the VW Bug, and wedge shoes can make a comeback… It’s all about trends recycled.
At least I sure hope so, since I write Viking and Georgian romance (to balance out the Norse hammers in my head). Both sub-genres take me away to another time and place. It’s what entertains me, gives me a brain vacation. Now, it’s your turn.
What time and place entertains you?
Gina has a new release:
A stolen woman of rare qualities...
Seized by marauders and taken to the icy northlands by the wolf-eyed Viking warrior, Helena will do whatever it takes to earn her freedom and return to France.
A mighty Viking Chieftain…
Betrayal has turned Hakan’s heart to ice, but the spirited Frankish maid warms him in a way he’s never known. The spell she weaves leaves them both breathless, but can he keep his promise to return her home even if it means he’ll lose his precious jewel forever?
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