Wading Through Quicksand
By Tim Smith
Here’s something you don’t run into every day – a male author of straight contemporary romance. Okay, I know what you’re probably thinking – “A man writing romance who gets the details right? It can’t be done!” Trust me, I get that a lot. I began published life with a series of mystery thrillers set in The Florida Keys involving a former CIA spook named Nick Seven. Two of my three novels featuring this character won awards and I had a nice following. While they all contained romance and sex, I never considered writing a full-fledged romance novel. Why should I, when I had what appeared to be a niche career?
That’s when I decided to wade into the quicksand known as “contemporary erotic romance” and released a romantic comedy, Anywhere the Heart Goes. My friends who eagerly anticipated another thriller were aghast and asked me “How could you do such a thing???” The answer is pretty simple. I was attending a book festival and while my books were selling well, I noticed other authors drawing bigger crowds. They were selling romance novels and after reading one of them, I thought it would be a fun challenge to write one of my own, but told primarily from the man’s perspective and with more humor. The biggest hurdle I had to overcome was the way I wrote sex scenes. They were abundant in the thrillers but for this new market I had to turn up the heat. I’ll admit it was awkward at first, but I soon reached my comfort level and stopped blushing when I wrote something down and dirty.
Tim Smith is the author of seven novels, from thrillers to contemporary erotic romance. He recently released the romantic intrigue novel, “The Bundle” through eXtasy Books. He is also an award-winning freelance photographer and when he isn’t pursuing these two passions, he works in the human services field as a case manager for adults with disabilities. His website is www.timsmithauthor.com.