Historical Fiction vs Historical Romance

I have always loved reading books. Even before I could read. My mother would read stories to me and then I would take the picture books and make up my own stories. In the sixth grade I read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and knew that was for me. A writer. My father was a true Texan and very much a cowboy at heart. I grew up watching western with him and grew to love stories of the old west. It’s in my blood.

When I sought publication for my stories I naturally wrote what I knew and loved to read. Western Romances. This of course falls under the heading of Historical Romance, or so I thought. As a writer of over ten books I’ve dealt with many different agents, editors and publishing houses. It’s truly is a joy to work with Christian’s in the publishing industry. I’ve only encountered encouragement and kindness. Only it was hard to sell my stories to publishers seeking Historical Romance. They loved my voice, characters and plot only I kept hearing the same reason for them passing on the story: ‘the pacing is wrong’

After ten years of writing I learned something. I don’t write Historical Romance. What I write is Historical Fiction with a romantic thread. Who knew there was a difference. Recently I was told ‘If you can take the romance out of the story and still have a satisfying plot and conclusion than you are not writing a true romance.’ So in other words I am a Historical Fiction author. Once I realized who I really am, I felt free to write the stories spinning in my head without trying to fit a box. I believe this new realization will open doors and allow me to grow in the direction I was meant to go.

Published by Jamie Adams

A stay-at-home mom, Jamie’s the 'learning coach' for her three children enrolled in Arkansas Virtual Academy. She is also a freelance writer for an online marketing company. A member of The Writing Desk she has written dozens of stories set in the old west and is now working on a book based on historical fiction. She will be interviewing different members of the group so that you can learn more about your favorite authors.

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