It took a while, but the second Candy’s Monster is out in the universe — AKA available on Amazon. Now, I’m facing the “Worry Monster.” What am I worried about? Everything!
I’m worried because once again I’ve written something that falls between genres. It’s not a paranormal romance or horror, but what is it? There are comedic elements, but it’s not straight out comedy. It has aspects of psychological suspense, but I wouldn’t characterize it as a suspense novella. There’s definitely a shaggy dog component — two, if you count the shaggy dog in the story.
The protagonist’s internal monologue skirts around some profound philosophical questions, but believe me — this is NOT a deep contemplation on the nature of life. Nothing that includes Jerry Springer, The New York Daily News and bad made-for-TV movies is completely serious. This is not to say there aren’t some pretty serious moments in the story and some ideas worth talking about.
So what kind of book is this? Help me figure this out. The “Worry Monster” looms, asking that question, each time I post on Facebook or tweet about it. Is it an UN-romance?
The first two reviews are wonderful — better than wonderful, but they haven’t put that MONSTER to rest. One reviewer focused on the lighter side and the other on the dark. I’m very happy about both of them and I’m trying to convince myself that the disparity is actually good. Intellectually I know it’s good, but…. Just like my book, I’m not fitting into any particular box.
The “Worry Monster” is a beast. She’s parked herself on my shoulder while I write. I don’t know how many reviews I’ll need to quiet her. Right now, I’m telling her to pipe down and let me work on the next MONSTER. In the end it doesn’t matter what kind of book I’ve written, only that it’s done and out there and I hope people will enjoy it…