J.A. (Julie) Kazimer is a very busy lady (including serving with me as a co-editor over at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers blog). She lives in Denver, Colorado and writes novels (although I don’t know where she finds the time). Her books include CURSES! A F***ed-Up Fairy Tale, Holy Socks and Dirtier Demons, Dope Sick: A Love Story and FROGGY STYLE as well as the recently released, The Assassin’s Heart, and the upcoming mystery series, Deadly Ever After from Kensington Books.
J.A. spent years spilling drinks as a bartender and then stalked people while working as a private investigator.
Thanks, Pat, for having me!
This week my very first romance novel hit the shelves. I know, I’m shocked too. Romance? Me? I’m not a romantic. I like murder (not murdering mind you, no need for the police). I like plot twists and turns, not sex scenes. So how did I end up here?
The answer is an easy one.
All stories, no matter what genre or type, are, at heart, a love story.
I’ve often argued this with writers, mostly of the male persuasion. I guess some men don’t like to be called romance novelists. Go figure. Now you might be shaking your head, saying, well, my story is about a man who climbs a mountain. There’s no love interest at all.
Or is there?
What motivates this guy to climb a mountain? Love of nature maybe? Love of self? Love of adventure?
Take a look at most stories. They have an outright love interest. Heck, one of the go-to-standard-plots (of which there are apparently only 5) is Boy-Meets-Girl/Boy-Loses-Girl. Hence the ‘Meet-Cute’. This is where your hero and heroine meet in an awkward way, which later blossoms into a tricky, miscommunication filled relationship until the final chapter, when all problems are solved.
If it sounds cliché, the reason is simple. It is.
But it also works. Why? Because love is a basic human need, a desire we long for, a reason we buy books. I started my reading journey with a romance tale—Cinderella to be precise—as do most kids, whether it’s the Grimm sort of tales or a Disney version. I will finish the same journey, lucky enough to have experienced hundreds of thousands of different kind of loves.
What’s your favorite ‘love’ story?
Comment before midnight Mountain Time Tuesday, March 4th, and you will be entered to win a copy (ebook or paperback) of my romantic suspense, The Assassin’s Heart. U.S. and Canada residents only for the paperback. Anyone can win the ebook. The winner will be posted here on Wednesday.
Thanks, Julie. I never thought about my suspense novel being a love story, but now that I read your post, I see that love plays a big part in what happens throughout the story. No sexy stuff, though.
Learn more about Julie and her novels at her website or on her writerly talk blog More Than a Little F***ed Up. She can also be found (way too much of the time she says) on Twitter as @jakazimer and on Facebook as Julie Kazimer.