Hello all! Thank you for joining me for another installment of Men & Mischief. Today I’m chatting about genres. As an author who’s written across many genres, I’m always fascinated by which genres readers are drawn to, or away from, and why. I’ve just started writing contemporary gay romance, my first story a novella called Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts. My first full length contemporary gay romance, Forgive and Forget, is out April 1st, and is a category romance in Dreamspinner’s Dreamspun Desires line. Whereas many readers are drawn first to contemporary, I admit it’s not my go-to genre to read. I’m very particular about the stories I read that are contemporary. I had to think about why that was.
For me, world building is a huge draw. I love the freedom to weave a new world around my characters, to not be constrained by the rules of our modern human world. That’s not to say my world building won’t be grounded in reality, or include researched facts. It’s probably no surprise that paranormal and fantasy are my favorite genres. I love to get swept away to another world filled with things that go “bump” in the night, unusual characters, myth, and magic. Even in my contemporary I’m drawn toward action and adventure. Horror has never been my thing, though I don’t mind a good romance with elements of horror.
Historical is another genre I very much enjoy. Again, I’m drawn to certain time periods both for reading and writing it. It’s a genre in gay romance often avoided by readers, and again I wonder why that is. Is it just a matter of preference, or are readers put off due to one too many stuffy history lessons in school? Historicals are big sellers in m/f romance, so why can’t the same be said of gay historical romance?
How about you? What’s your favorite genre of gay romance? What draws you to a specific genre, or keeps you away from another?
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.
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