Today The Pink Heart Society welcomes Harlequin author Nina Harrington, who will tell us about her adventures writing in two genres. Take it away, Nina!
Writing in Two Romance Genres – The Spice of Life or Double the Trouble?
For the past five years I have been writing warm and witty contemporary romance for the Harlequin Romance, RIVA and KISS lines.
But in February this year I yielded to the most indulgent temptation of all - the lure of writing something completely different in a brand new genre for me. Romantic suspense.
Like most authors I am an obsessive reader and always have been. My bookshelves are double stacked with books from every genre, both fiction and non-fiction. But the books that I read for pleasure are almost always commercial contemporary romance and crime novels. I love authors such as Jennifer Crusie, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Tess Gerritsen, Allison Brennan, Tami Hoag, David Baldacci, Karen Rose and P. J. Tracy.
A mixed diet to fill my creative well.
So when the story idea and characters came to me for a light hearted romantic mystery set in an Italian delicatessen, I decided to have fun and explore where the story took me.
Time to indulge in themes such as Italian food and wine, female friendship and family secrets, all blended into a delicious cocktail with a dash of romance between my Irish-Italian heroine Bunty and the hot Italian lawyer Fabio who delivers a very intriguing 30th birthday present from her estranged Italian family.
The result is my single title romantic mystery ‘Recipe for Disaster’ which is released on July 31st as an e-book from the new digital publishing wing of Harlequin UK – Carina UK.
The writing process has proven quite fascinating. Although it is a very different style and structure I have found that the character development craft I have learnt from writing 15 category romance novels adds an extra layer to the story which I hope my Harlequin readers will enjoy just as much as those who adore a fun romantic mystery.
I had great fun along the way and unlike most of my favourite temptations [ hide that trifle!] this delicious indulgence is completely calorie free.
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