Ruthy note: I can't even remember how I first discovered Abby, but she's a great gal, and a wonderful author, one of those Meg Cabot types who cross-genres (yes, thereby breaking tons of man-made rules, good for her!!!) with flair and alacrity. Some Supers contain adult content
When Ruth asked me to post about how to write for Superromance, I was a tad daunted. Quite a large tad, if such a thing is possible. Because although nine of the 19 books I’ve published with Harlequin have been Superromances, I still feel like I’m learning the ropes!
Superromance is hard to define, as the series encompasses a range of story types. But you’ll see more single parent stories here than you do in other lines (with the possible exception of Love Inspired). You’ll also find some suspense, lots of small towns, a few big city stories, and tones that run from light and humorous to intense.
If you know my books, you’ll know I sit at the light and humorous end of the scale, and I like to give traditional romance hooks a Superromance book. My November release, The Wedding Plan, is – you guessed it – a marriage of convenience story (my favorite hook!).
For other kinds of Superromances you could try authors like Karina Bliss (humorous and intensely emotion – a wonderful writer), Ellen Hartman (intriguing heroes and unpredictable storylines), or Sarah Mayberry (strongly written stories that feel like real life).
Superromance recently increased its word count to 85,000, which can be quite a challenge if you’re used to writing shorter. The good news is, Supers are strong on subplots, so this is your chance to bring out those wonderful secondary characters...so long as the subplot either complicates or reflects or contrasts with the main plot, of course. I write a secondary romance in most of my books, often featuring an older couple. Other subplots can include suspense, family complications, small-town characters, and, of course, those kids that regularly pop up in Supers.
So, how do you know if your book is a Superromance? This sounds odd, but if you think you’re writing a series romance, and you can’t think where it fits, consider targeting Supers. That’s basically how I ended up there. I’d been trying my hand at shorter, sweet romances for a while. Then I wrote a book that came out longer, and featured a secondary romance subplot. I had no idea where it might fit...then a contest judge suggested Superromance. Next minute...I was a Super author! (well, like everything else in publishing, it wasn’t quite that fast...)
If you have any questions about Superromance, I’d be delighted to answer them. I also have a Love Inspired Historical out this month, The Governess and Mr Granville – think The Sound of Music meets the Regency! So I can talk about writing Regency inspirational historicals, too...
One commenter will win a copy The Governess and Mr Granville.
Thanks for having me here today!
Guys, Abby lives across the GREAT POND so here time frame is a tad different from yours and mine! Come on inside, grab coffee and try some of this new apple Danish that Mandy made over the weekend. Her hubby was at the Bills game in Buffalo, so I got my girl back for a Sunday afternoon of BAKING!!!! :)
SUH-WEEEET! And you guys get to try it! :)