Saturday, October 5, 2013

Dylan Madrid – The Life of a Male Romance Writer

The Life of a Male Romance Writer

A Guest Blog by Dylan Madrid

It’s not secret: what I do is very unconventional. I write love stories for a living. Whether they are about a single gay man looking for love in London or a female investigative journalist who is trying very hard to deny her attraction for a rough-around-the-edges male detective in Chicago – I tell tales about people falling madly in love. Sure, the love might start out as lust, but that only makes the story more enjoyable to read – and write.

I’m a minority in my genre. A quick glance down any author list of major romance publishers will reveal that I’m outnumbered by about 100 to 1. While some male romance authors make the decision to write and publish their work under a female pseudonym, I am one of the rare few who believes in the theory that what a reader really wants is a great story, regardless of the gender of the author. When a reader picks up one of my books, I want them to be intrigued by the content, not by who did the work.

My creative process is no different than my female counterparts. Like them, I spend hours upon hours sitting behind a computer crafting and revising, outlining and plotting. Like me, my characters are also unconventional. My novels are wide-ranging from gay romance to romance suspense to new adult fiction. I aim to write books that will appeal to readers who don’t often always find versions of themselves in traditional romance novels. I create characters that are just as complex, unique, and surprising as my writing career has been. I take risks on page and even greater ones by sharing my work with the curious public and often befuddled critics. But, as I teach my writing students to do, I believe in writing fearlessly. It’s really not my objective or life goal to forever change the romance genre, but I do feel my presence in the arena is needed and, for the most part, welcomed.

I’m often amused by the reactions I get from people I meet for the first tine when they ask the question, “What do you do for a living?” and I answer, with pride, “I write romance novels.” The expression is usually an odd mixture of surprise and pity. One woman actually said to me, “I’m so sorry. Did your other books get rejected?” as if I had turned to writing romance novels when my real writing career failed before it began. Typically, people are very intrigued what I do and find it refreshing. Sometimes I’ll get a very blatant “Why?”

My answer to that question is always the same: I write romance novels because love makes people happy.

Sometimes love can blow you away.

When struggling college student Adam Parsh accepts a tutoring position, he is immediately drawn into the unknown world of the wealthy Vassalo family. Fighting off the sexual advances of Dario Vassalo, the Greek tycoon and patriarch, Adam finds himself the object of the dangerous desires of one of the most powerful men in the world—his married employer. Torn between his attraction to Dario and his deepening love for his best friend, Victor Maldonado, Adam is forced to choose between right and wrong. Surrounded by lust, glamour, and greed, Adam soon uncovers dark secrets strong enough to destroy lives forever.

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Genre - Gay Romance, Suspense

Rating – R

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