Hello all! Thank you so much for joining me for the first post of my monthly author column! A huge thank you to the amazing folks at Sinfully for giving me this chance. It’s always such a pleasure being here.
Tags? We Don’t Need No Stinking Tags!
Actually, we kind of do. I’m talking about author taglines. We’ve all seen them. But why do we need them? Do we need them? Some believe we do, some don’t. Personally, I think we do. When you visit an author’s website and you see their name, do you know who they are and what kind of stories they write? What if they’re a new-to-you author? That’s where the tagline comes in. It gives you an idea of who that author is and what you can expect from them.
When I first started writing M/M Romance, I wrote mainly Historical set in the 1920s and 1930s. Although I knew I’d eventually be branching out into other genres, my tagline fit what I was currently writing, Charlie Cochet: Where Romance is the Cat’s Pajamas. Once I broke out into other genres of M/M, I knew I had to update that tagline, which meant really thinking about what I’d written so far and what all those stories had in common. Who was I as a writer? Geez, and I thought writing the dreaded synopsis was tough.
I thought about the THIRDS series, the North Pole City Tales series, The Auspicious Troubles of Love series, the Fallen Rose series, Little Bite of Love…. All completely different genres ranging from Historical to Paranormal to Fantasy, plus I’ve got Contemporary coming soon. How was I supposed to tie all these very different stories together? What was the common factor? What did readers expect when they picked up one of my books? It struck me then.
All my stories have three things in common.
1. Heroes. Mt stories are filled with heroes, sometimes whole casts of them. I seem to have trouble writing a book with fewer than half a dozen key characters. They may not always be your typical heroes, but their actions, their love, their sacrifices, everything they do for those they care about makes them a hero. They fight for what they believe in against all odds, shedding blood, sweat, and tears to reach their happily ever after.
2. Humor. This is not to say that each story is a comedy. Some are. But each story has humor, whether it’s a small amount or a full-blown romantic comedy. I love humor. Among all the drama, pain, and heartache, we need a little laughter in our lives. Humor’s a tough one to write. It has to feel organic. There’s also the fact that not everyone will find the same things amusing or funny. Dex is a great example. There are readers who think he’s hilarious, while others think he’s annoying. It’s all a matter of personal taste. But that’s the great thing about books. There’s something for everyone. All my stories have some form of humor, whether it’s in the form of Chance’s sarcastic wit, Dex’s adorkable one-liners, or Julius’s sass. These guys got swagger and they know how to use it.
3. Heart. I’m a sappy romantic. My fellas will always get their happily ever after, even if they have to fight tooth and nail to get it. I also write romance, which means among the explosions, flying bullets, punch-ups, and car chases, there’s loving going on, and I don’t just mean sexy-times (though there’s that too). Most of the fellas in my books have been through a hell of a lot before the story even starts, and then I give them a hug, push them off a cliff with a tablecloth, a couple of paperclips, and expect them to go all MacGyver to get themselves home safely. Home being the love they find.
So what’s my new tagline? Charlie Cochet: Heroes, Humor, and Heart. I think it fits pretty well, don’t you?
What do you think about author taglines? Do you ever look at them? Do you think they help? When you visit an author’s website, what do you expect to see?
Meet Charlie Cochet
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!
Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and boy, it’s hot! When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.
Each week, on our Wednesday Author Column posts we will gift to one lucky commenter answering the author question, a Kindle eBook from your TBR list.
CONGRATULATIONS go to Gen Marie. This week’s winner of Charlie’s Column