I stole a piece from a contemporary song to say, wow, it's been a while since I've blogged. It's been niggling at the back of my mind that I've been slack, but life has been busy and well, I haven't had any books coming out so....
No, that's no excuse for not blogging.
So, here I am.
At least I didn't close my whole blog. I've been considering it too as I've kind of lost interest in writing erotic romance. It's partly because of a review I received, but mostly because of the well running dry. I know it's probably not productive to let one review get to you, but well, the words got me thinking. The reviewer said that the book was written like a sweet romance but had explicit erotic romance words in it which didn't gel with them. I was a bit upset because the book was published as an erotic romance, but then I thought more deeply about what they said. I do write sweet romance under another name and it comes naturally to me. So, I figured, that's my natural style. So, why am I writing erotic romance then? I had some serious soul-searching to do. I have to admit, one of the reasons was I was hoping it would help me make some money. But then, if I dug deeper, I knew that wasn't the only reason. I can't exactly put spicy scenes into my sweet romances under my other name. And I still like to write them. Sometimes, they're a vital part of the romance story.
So this is my decision: I will continue to write under Vicki but will concentrate on a more contemporary angle. I will write a story with fewer sex scenes - the love scenes won't drive the story as in an erotic romance, but will rather compliment it. I admit that love scenes are the hardest to write and I struggle to write a full-length with varied ones. It's so hard to make them meaningful and use them to boost the story forward. So, for now, I'm going to write contemporary. I may revert back to erotic romance some time, but I do feel like my style matches contemporary more. It means rewording things in my love scenes to be a bit less graphic which I'm not used to. Although I write sweet, when I write hot, I prefer to just put it out there and not skirt away from the truth, lol. But I'm going to try a different way.
At the moment, I've started a short contemporary called Wedding Dress Hunt. Here's what it's about:
This book is based on a true story. I heard in the news a few months back about a woman who lost her wedding dress off the back of a truck while travelling through the Natal Midlands. Aah, I thought, perfect story fodder. She did find the dress with the help of a local radio station and people in the area. My heroine doesn't have it as easy in the book but she has a few lessons to learn that are worth much more than silk, lace and sequins.