I was at the Buckeye Bookfair this past Saturday, a wonderful event that brings together a 100 authors and illustrators and hundreds of readers--readers of all ages, from toddlers to grandmothers.
Inevitably, my colorful covers attract a younger crowd. The 10-12 age group. And while my books aren't over-the-top sexy, that age range is a tad bit young to be reading the Lucy books (I recommend 14+).
As the afternoon wore on, a young girl (about 12) came up to my table, her big brown eyes wide. She picked up Truly, Madly, read the back, put it down. She did the same for Deeply, Desperately and Absolutely, Positively, carefully reading the description of the books.
Then she ran off to get her mother and drag the woman to my table.
Her: Mom, I really like these books!
Mom (eyeing my books warily): Why?
Her: I really like those love books now.
Mom (winking at me): Love books?
Her: Can I get them?
Lol. Though it was the right decision, I couldn't help but feel badly for the girl. It's hard to get excited about a book, only be told you can't get it. However, I don't think the girl was giving up so easily--she took a bookmark and clutched it to her chest as she wandered off. I have a feeling one day she will read my "love" books.
Meanwhile, the cookbook author sitting next to me asked why I chose to write romance. Technically, the Lucy books aren't romances--they're mysteries with a strong romantic theme. But my answer is the same, no matter what. I really like those love books, too. I love romance because I'm a sucker for a happy ending. And I love writing--and reading--those happy endings.
Do you like love books, too?
PS: I'm thrilled to announce that Absolutely, Positively has been nominated for an RT Reviewer's Choice award for Paranormal Fiction. Thank you, RT!!!