I don’t think I can really express how fortunate I feel for not only getting a contract (now TWO contracts!) for my writing, but to get them from Harlequin, and also to land with Harlequin Superromance. In case you’re not familiar with the Superromance line, it’s a series from Harlequin that offers longer, more in-depth contemporary romances.
Many of the Harlequin series are in the 50-60,000 word range, which is a length that is definitely a full-length novel and has plenty of story to it. What makes the Superromance series stand out is that the books are even longer – usually around 80,000 words. That means there’s lots of time to dive deep into the character’s emotions and to bring in secondary characters that add depth to the story. It’s not about one series being “better” – it just depends on what you’re looking for at the time.
I tend to like longer stories for a couple of reasons. First, when I fall in love with a story and its characters, I never want it to end! Second, I like knowing more, not only about the main characters, but about the other people in their lives. In my debut romance, She’s Far From Hollywood (available for preorder now), the secondary characters like Nell, Ty, Emily, Chris, Travis and others add layers of emotion to the story – from humor to sorrow. It becomes a tapestry, much like our lives are tapestries that depend on so many threads to complete the picture.
If you haven’t checked out Harlequin Superromance, I highly recommend you do so. The authors are terrific, and so are the books. Four new Superromances come out every month. We have our own website just for Superauthors, and we also have a Facebook page for Superauthors where we talk about heroes, share recipes, feature our pets, and sometimes even talk about books. And then, sometimes, like today (Nov. 16th), we have Facebook parties, with prizes!