Athena Grayson

Indie Weekend: Radish Reads and Romantic Thoughts

I have this complicated relationship with the romance genre. I’ve been writing seriously for over twenty years, and most of them were spent as a card-carrying member of Romance Writers of America. Romance writers can rock this business like nobody’s business, and if you think you’re in uncharted territory, chances are, there’s a romance writer who’s already been there, done that, and left some trail markers to help you blaze your own path. And RWA is second to none when it comes to training up would-be authors into professional shape. Back in the days when Trad Publishing was the only way to go, and submission guidelines had to be mailed to you, RWA was there to tell you NOT to submit your manuscript on scented pink paper, or with cookies, or written in crayon, and definitely not to send it to the address (of the publisher’s distribution warehouse) printed in the publisher’s colophon on the copyright page (ask me how I know this last one–g’head).

But romance as a genre career choice is a harsh mistress. It’s currently the biggest genre, full of dozens of sub-genres and specialties, and the competition is brutal. Reader expectations can be even moreso. I spent a lot of time circling the target and never quite hitting it with conventional romance (and by “conventional” I mean romance that follows the patterns readers expect when they pick up a romance book, regardless of subgenre).

But you know who can handle that genre choice? These ladies right here. They’re kicking it with contemporary romances on Radish and I want to share them with you.

Nadia Lee is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Born with a love for excellent food, travel and adventure, She’s lived in four different countries, kissed stingrays, been bitten by a shark, ridden an elephant and petted tigers. (The shark part is not recommended!)

Krystal Shannan writes billionaire contemporary romance. Fated Ever Afters. Romance. Adventure. Suspense. And just a little bit of humor.

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