A new home for all of us Charlie-in-the-Boxes and winged lions and ostrich-riding cowboys!
November 06

A new home for all of us Charlie-in-the-Boxes and winged lions and ostrich-riding cowboys!

I write Fantasy. There, I said it. I don’t write Romance with Fantasy elements. I don’t write Romance with elves and trolls and a bit of magic thrown in for spice. I kind of wish I did—Romance sells better than Fantasy, and I’ve no doubt I’d be collecting more respectable royalties if I could do what so many of the Dreamspinner authors do so well.

But I write Fantasy, and worse, I write character-driven Fantasy, which means the characters do not exist to develop and further the plot, but the plot exists to develop and enhance the characters. There’s a lot of world-building. There’s a bunch of characterization, and a great deal of it’s focused on characters who are not the two protagonists. There’s usually a plot that requires constant attention and has a lot of subtle complexities that matter to the overall arcs. It’s a lot of stuff, and not everyone’s cuppa. And all of this stuff matters just as much as the relationship between the two protagonists, if not more.

So, when someone stumbles into one of my books looking for Romance and instead finds complex political systems and godly machinations and multiple points of view, and—worst of all—plots and subplots that have nothing to do with the two protagonists’ love affair, it’s not surprising that they would frown and wonder WTF? What does all of this have to do with these guys getting together?

Lucky for me, Dreamspinner Press has launched DSP Publications, its very own Island of Misfit Toys, and inviting all of we Charlie-in-the-Boxes and winged lions and ostrich-riding cowboys to be a part of it.

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