First off, let me say that while I'm a bit waterlogged, everything here in North Texas (at least in my neck of the woods), is fine and we're drying out. Though I'll admit, I haven't seen this much rain since I lived in Florida—during hurricane season.
I've been thinking about my suspense writing a lot recently. Why? Because I haven't done any—not for a couple of months. Oh, I'm still writing, and I have a series of books coming out that are contemporary romance—without any smidgeon of suspense or mystery in sight.
It's been a bit of a palate cleanser, to be honest. Most of what I've written over the last few years has been romantic suspense, writing and building up my New Orleans Connection series. But when I had the idea for this new contemporary romance series, there wasn't any place to fit in a good mystery. It was strictly hero and heroine romance (of course with a happily-ever-after).
And strangely enough, these stories flowed quickly and easily. I think it's because I didn't have to contemplate and plot about laying a trail of red herrings and false clues to divert suspicion from the villain.
Truthfully, I think the break has done me a world of good, because I'm currently working on the next romantic suspense book in my New Orleans Connection series, and it feels fresh and exciting again. So for me, taking a little bit of a genre break worked. I can't promise it will work for everybody, but if you find yourself feeling the blues over your latest work in progress, consider a writing palate cleanser and write a short story in a different genre—even if it never sees the light of day once you finish. You may find it stimulates your creative juices in new and exciting directions.
I'll never leave behind my romantic suspense roots, I can't. I love it too much. Being able to weave elements of mystery into the books, the adrenaline rush you get in creating those life and death situations—no, I'll always write that. But every once in a while, don't be surprised if you see me working on a little something "extra."
P.S. I threw in the picture of Nathan Fillion, because, hey, who couldn't use a little something pretty to look at on a Friday?
Kathy Ivan can be found at her computer, drowning in Diet Dr. Pepper and writing her next book. Check out her books at your local e-retailer on her website at www.kathyivan.com.