by Liz Flaherty
The discussion, for those writers who haven't seen it, involves the age of protagonists in romance novels. And it's interesting. There are those who consider 28 on the high side of age, others who shudder at the notion of 40-year-olds having sex, those who think it's okay to have older people but not in a steamy romance. Some older authors love writing and reading young protagonists because they are free to do what the authors couldn't when they were young. Some find the reading and writing of them tedious.
One of my best friends, Nan Reinhardt, writes strictly over-40 romance and I love the books in her Women of Willow Bay series.
Most of my own heroines have been over 30 and several of them have ventured into their 40s and 50s. If my editor at Harlequin would agree, I'd write all older protagonists because my voice doesn't translate young and because youthful protagonists don't interest me at all. I've been there, done that, bought the tee shirt, and am ready to shop three aisles over.
The Girls of Tonsil Lake is my only title that is true women's fiction. I wrote it about the year the Girls were 51. It is an unabashed favorite of my own books and reviews have been kind to it, too.
What about you? Where do you come in on this discussion?