This business of finding a way to get across the philosophy behind my stories is particularly important for writers like myself, where our books don't tidily fit niches. While mine are love stories, romances, generally with sex, they aren't just about that. I think of them as hybrids-- running between romances and novels. They are always about things that interest me from lessons in life, to rural living, to art, adventure, and societal issues. Writing lets me spend time with what I love.
Romance is falling in love. The edge is what stands between the couple and a happily ever after. It is not only fiction that has that edge. It is in life. The most praised literary works are mostly about that edge. Romances like mine have it in them but it's not at the center of their purpose.
Romances with an edge are stories of two people coming together and finding something more than either would find alone. It is the soul mate desire to believe we are more when we are with that special one, the other half of ourselves. It is a romantic dream that some find and others dream of.
Of course, in life as with fiction, as much as a soul mate love matters, it's not the only thing that does. Whether someone has it in their own life, they can taste it and get the energy from it through movies, music and books. You can feel it and enhance the energy of your own life by letting it flow through you.
I believe, and it is my goal that it be so, that I write stories of darkness and light, hardness and softness, light and dark, safety and danger; the rose and the thorn; yin and yang. I aim for these stories to be the wheat without the chaff-- stories where the readers don't skip words because they all matter--
romances with an edge.