Historical fiction is my all-time favorite genre! Because the historical stories I write are fictional history in a completely fictional world, they’re technically historical fantasy fiction.
My historical fantasy stories don’t have fantastical elements like magic or mythical creatures. But the history, geography, characters, languages, etc. in the books are all imagined, not factual. Of course, in my role as the English-speaking translator for my characters, I do translate most of their dialogue into English. 😉
These stories will likely appeal to you if you’re a historical fiction fan who can enjoy a story with history that’s purely from an author’s imagination. If you’re a fantasy fiction fan who enjoys fictional worlds and some world building, my historical fantasy fiction may appeal to you as well.
Romance and Love Stories
All romances are love stories, but not all love stories are romances. Even though a book may have a romantic storyline, or a romance within the storyline, it doesn’t necessarily make the book a romance, genre wise.
In a romance book, the romantic relationship must be the story’s central focus. The romance is the story, and the plot would fall apart without it. The plot follows a specified progression (formula), which includes a “Happily Ever After” ending where the romantic couple ends up together.
A love story, on the other hand, may have love as a significant aspect of the plot, but it doesn’t necessarily follow the romance genre formula. For instance, if the romantic aspect of a love story’s plot doesn’t show up until halfway through the book because the hero and heroine don’t meet each other until then, it isn’t a romance. If at the end of a love story, the romantic hero and heroine go their separate ways for a time, and the status of their relationship is left open-ended, it isn’t a romance.
If you’re like me and believe that romantic love is a vital and universal part of life, then my sweet* romances and love stories may appeal to you.
*Note: Concerning the levels of content I write, I’d say my books fall within the “PG” to “PG-13-ish” range.
• No profanity. If a character does curse, I don’t spell it out.
• Nothing beyond sweet romance. (“Sweet” does not mean a light and easy story where only sweet things happen. “Sweet romance” means there are no sex scenes.)
• Whenever there’s violence in my stories, it isn’t gratuitous.
• Any substance use is mild or brief.
I don’t set out to write squeaky clean or unrealistically sanitized fiction, since real life can get messy. But I don’t include “mess” for the sake of it, either.