It's my pleasure to share a guest post by author P.J. DeVere, who answers my question:
ELF: What do you think is the strongest attraction about the genre(s) you like to write in?
PJD: Why do I like to write romance? That’s easy. It’s the butterflies. It’s the anticipation that zips all over your body in the seconds before the man you’ve wanted in so many ways leans down to give you a scorching kiss. Writing romance allows me to recreate this time after time, and I love it. I try to bottle that feeling and pour it on the page. I think romance writers have the best career, because we get to constantly experience new love (even if it’s just in our heads), and that is an intoxicating, powerful drug.
The romance genre consistently outsells all the other genres, and that is not by accident. The readers are avid and loyal. They take your characters into their lives and make them their friends and family, and they develop deep emotional connections. As an author, I can’t ask for a better audience to serve.
Also, like many people, I have a stressful day job. I’m a prosecutor, and this is not a job in which you see the best in people. Some days I feel as if I’m trudging through the worst of what mankind has to offer. Writing romance gives me a counterbalance that helps with my sanity. I believe this is why many people love the romance genre so much. You get your happy ending. The world is not a pulsing cesspool in the hours your nose is in a romance book. Instead, even in the darker romances, there is hope and lust and love.
Plus, romance can be anything. My romances have an element of suspense, mystery, comedy, and heart-wrenching emotion to go along with the sexy times. As a reader, I like how I can search out what heat level I want, whether I want to sear off the top layer of my eyeballs with the hot sex scenes on the page or maybe opt for more of a wholesome story. I don’t know of another genre that can be everything like the romance genre can.
by P.J. DeVere
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Madeline Everly wants to climb her muscular
bartender like a mountain, but he seems opposed to the idea. After she starts
working alongside him behind the bar, will he finally give into her?
When Madeline’s misogynistic boss, overbearing mother, and grudge holding sister become too much to bear, it’s time to let off a little steam. Mads has a wild streak, and she doesn’t apologize for it. She likes men, and she has her sights set on one in particular—Exel Kinley. If she can check him off her to-do list, maybe he won’t take up so much room in her head. As nothing in her life has ever been permanent, Mads has no problems going through men like she goes through gin and tonics at happy hour. Can she have the adventure she wants and the pleasure she craves, all from the same man?
“Got a new boyfriend to add to your collection?” Exel asks as he pours a drink for one of his customers. That’s the first voluntary thing he’s said to me tonight.
“That quota’s not going to fill itself. Why do you ask? Are you jealous?” I ask with a hand on my hip.
“At not being another notch in your bedpost? Nah.”
I don’t dignify that with a response. Instead, I turn and take more customers orders as they flood in. One of the women across the bar is specific as to what brand of vodka she wants in her Cosmo, so I scan our array of bottles on the wall behind me until I find it.
They don’t call it top shelf liquor for nothing, and it looks like I’m about to scale a wall. I get a good foothold on one of the lower shelves so I can swing a knee onto the slender countertop to climb up. I grab the bottle of Grey Goose which is now at eye level, and I’m contemplating my descent when strong hands grab my hips.
“Whoa!” I yell as Exel pulls me backwards off the counter and into his arms. I clutch the bottle of vodka to my chest as I fall into him, worrying about breaking the bottle and myself, but I don’t have to worry. He is in control of my fall as he brings his arms all the way around my waist to catch me. He puts my feet on the ground but holds me to him a moment or two longer than necessary.
“I would leave a pretty deep notch,” he whispers before releasing me from his hold and walking away like nothing ever happened.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
P.J. DeVere is the author of The Starkford Series. She was born and raised in Mississippi, where she is still a practicing attorney. A life-long lover of books, P.J. finds it hard to tear herself away from a steamy romance novel. She’s had multiple careers in her life, but writing is by far her favorite. Before earning her law degree from Ole Miss, she was a fifth-grade teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Mississippi State.
She is a wonderful wife, a terrible housekeeper, and a devoted mother. Her sons are all grown with lives of their own, and she is making use of this newfound time and freedom to get to know the imaginary friends in her head. She is giving readers a distinctly different view of life in the South as not everyone down here spits tobacco through a missing tooth hole or says “I declare” while lazily fanning herself under a magnolia tree. P.J. has found joy in creating a series of novels that reflects the Mississippi she knows and loves, and she hopes her readers will find the lure of returning to Starkford as irresistible as she does.
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