Okay, I confess that I ran short of time this week--between an editing gig that I need to get done for a client, doing the edits on my own soon-to-be-released novel, going to chemo with pal, Dee, and just life stuff in general, my writing time got squeezed. So I'm recycling a blog from own website. I'm not apologizing for the recycled material because it's still very timely, particularly in the light of my own book coming out. So...yay for Baby Boomer romance and hey, weigh in. I'd love to hear what you think, okay?
Well, folks, I’ve got big news–sexy is timeless. Excuse me, but two words, Jeff Bridges. Or how about Sean Connery? Pierce Brosnan? Denzel Washington, anyone? Richard Gere? And as far as sexy women are concerned–want to talk about Susan Sarandon? Sophia Loren? Goldie Hawn? Helen Mirren? Tina Turner? Me? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)
Hollywood is beginning to get it. I thoroughly enjoyed the film Something’s Gotta Give—a love story between two people well over age 50. Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson totally rocked that delightful movie. It’s Complicated showed us Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin as grown-ups in a love story that was fun and sexy. Streep and Stanley Tucci recreated the romance between Julia and Paul Child—an older couple madly in love—in Julie and Julia. And hey, how about Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan in Mama Mia? And even Downton Abbey is showing us love between more mature couples--if you didn't see the Season 5 finale, I won't spoil it here, but wowzers!
So what’s up with the world of romance novels? Why is it that if you’re a woman of a certain age, then nobody wants to read about your love life? All of us more mature folks are still falling in love, rediscovering love, renewing love, and by God, we’re still having sex and probably doing it with way more panache. So why are most romance novels about girls in their twenties and early thirties?
A few years ago, Harlequin nailed it with their NEXT imprint, but it didn’t make it, and I’m not sure why. These books are just being released as e-books so try to find them! Maybe we weren’t ready then, but I believe we’re ready now. That’s why I’m writing more mature heroines, like Carrie in ONCE MORE FROM THE TOP and Julie in SEX AND THE WIDOW MILES, and Sophie in THE SUMMER OF SECOND CHANCES (coming in March!). I’m ready for romance with a dash of maturity, two people involved in a relationship without all the nonsense of youth. I want conversations between grown-ups who are over the drama of coming-of-age and meet on the level playing field of self-knowledge. I’m looking for sensual sexy love scenes written with that irresistible combination of humor, passion, and life experience.
Baby Boomers, as writers and readers, let’s put the romance world on notice—we’re here, we’re in love, we’re making love, and our stories are worth telling. Who’s in?