I’m doing something scary. I’m writing a love story about an older couple. This will be my fifth Miracle Interrupted book, which is set in the tiny village of Miracle, Wisconsin. The main characters of my work-in-progress were minor characters in the previous books. As I was finishing my last book, a reader emailed me with questions about them, and I told her theirs would be the next story. But as I’m writing this, a thought dawned on me: What was I thinking?
My main characters are sexy and attractive, but I still wonder how many people will pick up the book, see their age and stop reading.
I’m still writing it. I could have told their story as secondary characters, but to do justice to the two characters (whom I love), they need to be the hero and heroine.
There are some authors who do write books with older women as main characters. Debbie Macomber has had older characters in her books. Jeanne Ray does very well with her love stories about older characters.
Other writers have main characters who are not the usual young man and woman. And, no, I’m not talking about vamps, weres, angels or zombies.
Suzanne Brockmann wrote a love story about two gay men in ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT. Misty Evans has Satan as a love interest in her Witches Anonymous stories.
Michelle Diener is going to self-publish a historical that takes place during a war in South African, titled DAUGHTER OF THE SKY. There is romance and the ages are right…but South Africa isn’t the usual location. (I read it, and it’s amazing!)
Can you think of anyone else who writes books that are way out of the normal romance box?