How do you keep your stories fresh and new in the popular genre of romance?
First, attitude! I’m feeling fresh and new these days. I’ve been writing and traditionally publishing romances under another name, in another genre, for several years and am fast approaching 20 books published. I wanted to try something different, so my alter-ego Sorcha Grace was born and I wrote my first contemporary erotic romance, A TASTE OF YOU. So fun! Truthfully, I feel a little like Clark Kent/Superman: a dual identity barely concealed by dorky black-rimmed glasses and just a quick change in a phone booth away from revealing my true self (which I guess is Superman…or SuperSorcha?).
Overall, a totally fresh and new experience for me and it’s been great.
Regardless of the romance genre, great characters are what make a story fresh and new. A TASTE OF YOU fits squarely in to an incredibly popular genre and I’d go so far as to call “billionaire romance” a genre in itself. So I dug deep for inspiration for my characters and looked to things I enjoy in my own life for the story…like great food…high-end appliances…chocolate. I started with the idea of a couple who came together because of food and who then explored the sensual side of it together while exploring each other. Taste is a very powerful sense and it plays an important role in Cat and William’s story. Yes, my hero William is a rich and powerful billionaire with some tragedy in his past, but he is also a gourmand in the truest sense, he’s an accomplished cook, he owns a vineyard, and he invests in restaurants and chefs as a hobby. Other than his Alpha-ness (which is on the milder side), he isn’t anything like Christian, Gideon, Gabriel, or Damien. In fact, William is a bit of a cream puff on the inside – a sinfully delicious cream puff – as readers will come to find out. Admittedly, William might share some similar attributes with one of the dashing male stars of an earlier novel (what can I say? I love tall, dark and handsome men!), but they are as different as night and day and William is 100% his own man. He’s gorgeous, cocky, irresistible, equally as talented in the bedroom as the boardroom. And he’s chauffeured around Chicago looking devastatingly handsome in his custom-cut Saville Row suits (which are much sexier than breeches and a waistcoat, yes?). That’s fresh to me!
Sorcha Grace is an adventurous eater, beach lover, and author of scorching contemporary erotic romance. She is also the nom de plume of a nationally bestselling author who publishes in another romance genre.
A Taste of You the first installment of the The Epicurean series, starts the romantic journey of food photographer Catherine Kelly and billionaire gourmand William Lambourne III. Available in e-book May 7, 2013.