Confessions from a Romance Writer!

One of my favorite bloggers is featuring confessions by writers today. I thought I would join in the fun and put my little secret out there. A shout-out to her post is here.

My confession has two parts.

Here goes…. I read (and write) trashy kidnap/abduction romance novels. Yes, I admit it. (They say that’s the first step, right?)  I like all kinds. The hero (or heroine) has to be a good guy who is doing this bad thing for the right reasons. It doesn’t have to be a forcible taking, although that’s the best. The heroine could agree to go somewhere and then not be able to leave. Historical, paranormal, contemporary — you name it, if it’s got a romantic kidnap plot I will snatch it up. Why is that? I don’t know, but why fight it?

Do I want to be kidnapped by a Scottish laird and sent back in time, or trapped on a pirate ship? Of course not. But man, it makes for some steamy reading. So any writers stumbling across this — if you have a kidnap plot, post a link in the comments and if you’re under $5 on the kindle you’ve got almost a guaranteed sale. If I don’t already own it.

My current work in progress, A Strategic Alliance, has the barest hint of a kidnap plot, but it was enough to keep me going.  Stolen away on a yacht with a gorgeous hunky man? I’m there.

The second part of my confession is that, despite my obsession with kidnap/abduction plots, I have not read the big bondage trilogy out there right now. Too many writers that I respect said the writing was atrocious. Plus, the price point was higher than I want. I can get my erotica fix elsewhere, so I passed. (Since I haven’t read it, I don’t know whether there’s a kidnap/abduction component or not, but bondage usually has some elements of forcing or what would be the point?) Let me be clear that most of my kidnap plot ideas are the actual taking. The romance comes later, and and rape, fake-rape, or rape fantasies are never ever involved.

So there you have it. I put it out there. What about you? Do you have a confession?

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  1. Thanks for participating in my hop. =)
    I’ll confess that I wouldn’t mind being kidnapped by a hunky Irish man and whisked away to a castle. Hubby wouldn’t it like it though!

    • Lily Bishop   •  

      Well, my hubby wouldn’t like it either. That goes without saying. :)

      • mbm8377   •  

        I don’t have a hubby! Or a boyfriend! Take me! Take me! :D

  2. Morgan Dragonwillow   •  

    I used to read these eons ago. I think it frustrated me too much most of the time unless there was quite a bit of comedy in it. I love to laugh while reading my books. I do love Nora Roberts but mostly her newer stuff. My Read-o-meter goes sky high when I am laughing through it but I love a good romance with much laughter.

  3. Lily Bishop   •  

    Thanks, Morgan!! I like it when comedy sneaks up on me in a book. I laugh out loud at time-travel romances for that very reason. Especially when the writer puts a good bit of thought into the things that we take for granted in our modern life. As a writer, humor is something that comes difficult for me, so I don’t push it.

  4. What a sultry confession! ;) Sometimes there’s nothing like a good romance story to cure what ails you or get the imagination going. xD

    Sarah @ The Writer’s Experiment

  5. Lor Rose   •  

    I’d like to be kidnapped by a Scottish laird and sent back in time, or trapped on a pirate ship… Oh hell yes. Abduct me!

    • Lily Bishop   •  

      Love it!!! :)

      • Lor Rose   •  

        I’m s bit of deviant. So when are they coming to get me?

  6. D. Ann   •  

    Oh I would love being kidnapped by a Scottish laird! You’re not the only one who’s interested in that plot device.

    And like you, I haven’t read those books either. A friend of mine told me to read them as comedy since she just skimmed it and was laughing hysterically because of the writing and the “seriousness” of the book. I’ve skimmed a few pages and I couldn’t read the rest of it.

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