I’m developing a paranormal series. I LOVE the concept of the storylines that will evolve out of this world I’m building. Creating the actual alternate reality (or urban fantasy as its being called now days) is pretty easy for me. I love throwing things into the mix and thinking about how down the road they’ll affect the series. Now I have to figure out how to write the damn thing as a romance. And it MUST be romance for me. No ifs, ands or buts. I gotta have my romance. Soooo, how does one actually go about writing a book that’s outside their comfort zone?
For me the comfort zone isn’t the paranormal aspect. I love paranormals. But capturing that romantic appeal my readers like in my historicals is a bit more challenging. In a historical, I’ve always believed that things tend to be more romantic, softer in some ways. Society rules were more confining, and sometimes there’s a lot to be said for good manners. *grin* But in present day, heroes and heroines are grittier. Hell, if time travel were possible, I’d be viewed as a fishwife even if I dressed up in a fancy gown. My mouth would give me away in a matter minutes, maybe even seconds. I’d be locked up for civil disobedience or then again, I’m already crazy so that would get me thrown into an asylum (*shudder*), which would be far from pleasant.
So now, I’m trying to adapt and figure out a way to create characters that are gritty and hard-edge without losing that romantic aspect my historical characters possess. What’s becoming a challenge for me are the characters. I need to write a kick-ass heroine and a bad boy hero. The story calls for it, but the question I keep coming back to is how? How do I write a character that I’ve never written before? My historical heroines are strong, sassy women, but they’re not the kick-ass kind I want to write. I know I’ll figure it out, but right now I’m having one of those moments of “Damn it, just do it, Monica.” Only the response to that statement is the plaintive, “I’m working on it, I’m working on it.”
So is it scary for you to write a book outside your comfort zone?