Shelley Aikens:  Hot, Steamy Erotica
 

The book I'm working on now is falling between genres, and I'm starting to wonder if I'm setting myself up for failure this way. It has a bit of magic in it as a central theme, but other than that, it doesn't even come close to being a true paranormal. I'm worried about writing in between the genres like this, because won't all of the diehard paranormal fans be disappointed by the lack of paranormal content, while at the same time, won't the "regular" erotica readers be turned off by the fact that it contains a bit of magic? I know you can't please everyone all the time, but what if you can't please anybody any of the time???


I've had similar thoughts about Overdue for Pleasure, which also kind of falls between genres--it's romantic erotica, but not quite erotic romance, if that makes sense. There is definitely a romantic relationship that develops at the core, but it doesn't happen in the traditional structure of a romance. It's more about the main character discovering herself through her sexuality, and in the process discovering love. It's different, and I wonder if that might not be such a good thing after all... 



I've been at this doubting stage before, and the only thing I really can do is to keep on writing and let the story become whatever it needs to be. But in the rewrites, maybe I should pick one genre and make it fit?  What do you think? Should I embrace my non-conformity or sand off my square edges to fit into that round hole? :)