When I first decided I wanted to write romance fiction, I spent a lot of time reading current romance novels. I loved the time travels set in medieval times, Scottish Highlands and a few Regencies. I even lucked out and found a few set during the American Civil War.
Since my first attempt at a novel was a YA historical set during the Civil War, I decided my first romance would be a Civil War time travel. But it wasn’t until after I’d written Erin’s Rebel that I discovered it was a hard genre to sell.
Editors told me they couldn’t sell a Civil War romance, while contest judges said I should put my efforts into another genre, because the one I’d chosen was so unpopular.
Not to be put off, I persisted in revising, editing and submitting my CW romance until it found a home. After all, this was the book of my heart. And now, I’ve got another Civil War romance, Confederate Rose, as well as a short story, Angel of My Dreams, to be in our upcoming Civil War romance anthology.
As a beginner writer, I was told to write what I loved to read. I couldn’t help it that Civil War romances were so scarce, but I can hope that my books and stories will start a trend.
And it’s better to be on the leading edge of a curve instead of running like crazy and never catching up.
Do any of you like reading or writing genres that are near to impossible to find or sell right now? Tell me what they are?