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Monday, February 28, 2011


Mmm…which sub-genre of erotic romance do I write next? That’s the question bugging me right now.

I am a writer who needs change, likes to learn different nuances of this wonderful craft, try different themes, sub-genres, conflicts to keep both my readers and me interested. The same is true of my reading material, I love erotic romance, historical romance, contemporary romance and romantic comedy.

My debut release ‘Explicitly English’ is a contemporary erotic romance as is my second novella (currently under consideration) and so now I am feeling the need to write something different with my next story. But what?

Over on my blog for the last week or so I have put up a poll asking my followers and visitors to choose a preferred erotic romance sub-genre. Having only had a handful of responses so far, it’s hard to judge but the consensus seems to be you guys crave either contemporary or historical erotic romance.

But what about the ever popular paranormal? Or those luscious cowboys? The thrills of a romantic suspense with those naughty boys in uniform? Mmm, delicious, I’m licking my lips just thinking about it!

Even as I am writing this, the ideas are germinating…the lusts growing. I can’t help wondering how other writers create their stories. Do they start with an idea and immediately know in which sub-genre that story will fit into? Or maybe most writers aren’t like me and once they find the sub-genre they want to write, they stick to it. What do you think? I’d love to know what you guys write and/or read. Help me out!

Trawling through websites contemporary and historical erotic romance comes up trumps every time…so that’s it, it’s decided – my next project just has to be an historical. Yum, yum! Now then, which era…?

Bio: Rachel Leigh lives in the UK and is married to her own sexy hero. Even though this is Rachel’s first erotic romance novella, she enjoyed writing it so much, she has two more lined up and almost ready to go off to The Wild Rose Press. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, running around after her two daughters….or playing with her husband.


Taryn Kincaid said...

Cowboys, men-in-uniform, even hunks who nicely fill out Armani suits...tasty!

Lynne Roberts said...

Any, all, and more! : ) Great blog. Switching it up does keep you on your writer's toes.

I love historical romance. Which era... now that's a good question. ; )

Rachel Leigh - Erotic Romance said...

Thanks for stopping by, ladies! It is a bit of 'a box of chocolates and then some' situation, isn't it?

I find the Georgian & Victorian eras the sexiest, Lynne - what about you?

R x

Bianca Swan said...

The cover is hot enough to scorch your hand. Congrats on being married to your own superhero. I have family in the UK. I write erotica too, but also paranormal (dark and very warm).

Jennifer Jakes said...

Hi Rachel!
I'm one of those die hard, only writing one genre of erotic romance and for me it's historical. Western historical. (Oh, that sounds very Bond, James Bond.) LOL
Anyway, I love the hot stuff, but my mind ALWAYS forms my writing ideas in the 1850s-1890s. *shrug*
Good luck on picking your historical dates! :)

Rachel Leigh - Erotic Romance said...

Hi Bianca! Hi Jennifer!

There are so many options with each story we write but I still struggle with the plot...every time! I've just had my second contemporary story accepted by WRP so now wondering if I should actually go the historical route after all...

R x