The back cover's blurb--there lies the misstep.
I was tagged by my publisher as a romance writer, although my first novel, Rain Song, is really about a young woman getting over her fears to make her journey overseas. Sure, a man helps her get to this point, but I wasn't thinking that it was necessary for any romance between the two to unfold. The back cover makes the novel sound like it's full of kisses and cupid, but really, there isn't even one kiss in the story. No wonder some readers have reviewed Rain Song with a tinge of disappointment.
I wish I had foreseen the future and after reading the blurb, before publication, told my editor that advertising my story as an inspirational romance was not wise. Yet, who was I to tell them? I'm a novice.
What have I learned? I'll add romance from here on out. How Sweet It Is, my second novel, has a kiss! Hatteras Girl, my third novel due in 2010, might even have more. Actually, I'm going to let the main character kiss a few men. Hey, whatever sells!
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