Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ask Andrew - Challenges

Dear Andrew

What advantages or Challenges does a writer in your genre face in today's market place.


Hey Dawn

The advantages have been around for a while.  The market for MM romance has grown considerably over the past few years and continued to do so.  That is both amazing and wonderful.  More readers discover the genre and once they do, those readers buy more and more books.  (One they go to the dark side, they never return)  :)

However, with that growth, along with reader maturity, the expectations on our stories also grow.  As writers we have to discover new ideas and new sources of inspiration.  For example, for a number of years, lack of acceptance has been a major source of conflict in many stories.  This source of conflict is being eroded by the changing attitudes of society.  So it doesn't ring as true as it once did.  DATD is gone, so military based stories need to change.  Etc.  In a way we are victims of our own success because gay romance is part of the reason for those changing attitudes.  If you change readers hearts and minds, then you change society as a whole. 

The challenge going forward in my opinion is to develop stories with amazing characters and original and interesting sources of conflict without necessarily falling back on the old standards. 

Ask Andrew is your chance to ask questions of a gay romance author.  The questions can be about the writing process in general, writing sex scenes, gay men, sex, characters in romance, characters having sex... okay you probably get the picture.    I promise to answer your questions as frankly and with as much humor as I possibly can.

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