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 I was unpublished at the time and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.
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
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
It’s Cold Outside 🙂
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
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
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. 🙂
HER SON’S SAKE is available now.
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
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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her on Twitter @katheringarbera.
Everest & Natalie Kleinman