Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sunday Story - two genres

I'm branching out to write in two genres - Cate Ellink for erotic and I'll use another name for rural romance. It's always been my plan. My background is ag science, so writing rurals is where I started. I just sucked at third person and it's taken me more than a few years to work that out!! And rural romance doesn't go with first person (such a shame!).

So, anyway, my rurals will have no/little sex and not much swearing. This is because my family and friends can't cope with this side of me. I've always known that, have even made jokes about it, but I've been astounded by the contrast in the reactions of people lately.

I'm re-writing a rural for a print book. When I've mentioned this to a couple of close friends and family they've jumped out of their chair and hugged me in excitement. One went so far as to say, "Oh my God, now you'll be a real author."

I was a little offended (although maybe I'm just touchy). What have I been doing for the last 3 years?

It's lovely that people are excited for me...but I'm a bit taken aback that they can be excited for rural stories but not for erotic. I put the same amount of effort into a story, doesn't matter which genre it is. It's all the same process for me of writing, re-writing, editing, layering, re-writing, editing, layering. And in actual fact, it may take more to get the erotic right because sometimes crafting the emotion leading into a sex scene takes a fair bit of layering and tweaking to get it how I want it.

Maybe it's an e-book vs a print book thing...yet the Housewives are print and I haven't seen any of these people jumping up and down about that yet (and I won't be holding my breath either).

So, Cate Ellink will stay. No matter how hard this juggling act will be, Cate Ellink's stories are continuing.

Cate's a real author. I work hard to get her stories written. I've millions of ideas buzzing around and I want them to see the light of day. I want to experiment more and push boundaries and explore more ideas. I want to keep moving around in the fascinating world of erotic romance, with authors whose work I adore.

And somehow, even with no sex and no swearing, I'm going to try to give a little plug to Cate Ellink every time I can! LOL!

So if I'm a bit slack being Cate, it's because I'm torn in two now...but I'll remain around!

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