I’m like 17k in on my WIP, which I’m thinking is like less than half way. Not sure, since I have no idea what is going to happen in the story really. And I am starting to worry about my genre choices. Not m/m, I’m totally going with that. But the paranormal aspect.
I have written a few contemporary romances, with no fantasy or paranormal elements to them. Those sell well, usually. I have written a few erotica stories set in a fantasy world, with no paranormal. Those are okay too.
My favorite thing, though, is writing stories that are basically contemporary romances, set in the real modern world, and flavored with some paranormal touches. In these stories, the paranormal does not totally dictate the plot, it is just there. If I was a more serious writer I might call it “magical realism” or something.
I love writing these. The characters are real and relate-able, and the paranormal makes it interesting and fun.
But now I’m wondering, does anyone else but me like this kind of book? My sales on contemporary are sooo much better than on paranormal. And on my latest book, a lot of people said they read it “despite” the fantasy elements. Am I making a mistake writing what I like? Should I be writing to the market? Who will I sell this story to?
Just my daily self doubt. I’ll keep writing.
Any opinions? I’d love to hear them…