Welcome to author, Katherine Garbera.
When I first started writing romance novels back in the early 90s the popular trends in contemporary romance were brides, babies and cowboys. And because I'm contrary by nature I set to work on a novel about a single-mom with a seven-year-old (definitely not a baby). I was unpublished at the time and every contest I was a finalist in I was up against some cowboy, baby or bride. Somehow this made me more determined not to write one. I sold my not-a-cowboy-bride-baby book to Harlequin for the Desire line and THE BACHELOR NEXT DOOR was released in 1997.
After that I wrote romantic suspense which I had heard from numerous agents and editors was deadßpun intended! Those books were fun to write and I enjoyed dipping my toe into the suspense waters. One thing that has stood me well in writing is the fact that I can see the both sides of an issue. And when I write bad guys I need to know why they are bad. I’m sort of digressing but it made my stories a little not so suspensy in the traditional sense because you always knew who the bad guy was. J
I did a pretty good job of staying away from babies and cowboys until recently when I dipped my toe into the cowboy sub genre. And I have to admit I love those rough and tumble men. The way they are no-nonsense (billionaires are too!) and can sweep a gal off her feet. I have an upcoming Christmas novella, Cowboy, It's Cold Outside :)
My main objection to writing a cowboy was that I had grown up on various ranches in Florida. You probably didn’t know that Florida had anything but beaches and theme parks but there is a whole other Florida that is rural and ranch centered. My parents had an egg-ranch with 10,000 chickens—do you know how smelly that is?
That was my problem with cowboys and romance for a long time. Every time I set something on a ranch I remembered the smells, but time has given me the distance to move on from there.
And babies...the problem with babies when I first started writing was that I had a toddler and then was pregnant and had a baby--funny how that happens! And writing about a pregnant heroine or babies was too much my reality. I didn't see the cute part until my kids were teenagers. Then I could look back fondly and write a baby book. Or in my case a series featuring cute babies, billionaire alpha men and strong feisty women. :)
My latest release FOR HER SON'S SAKE is available now.
So what about you? Are you a trend follower? Or a trend bucker like me? I'm giving away an autographed copy of the complete Baby Business series to one lucky commenter!
USA Today bestselling author Katherine Garbera is a two-time Maggie winner who has written more than 60 books. A Florida native who grew up to travel the globe, Katherine now makes her home in the Midlands of the UK with her husband, two children and a very spoiled miniature dachshund.
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