Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hot and Bothered

By Deb Baker /Hannah Reed

Saturday, I attended a romance panel moderated by Barbara Vey. Barbara hosts a popular blog for Publishers Weekly called Beyond Her Book , and she did a great job with the Hot and Bothered panel. In fact, I bought Helen Brenna's The Moon That Night, and am enjoying it very much. She's a wonderful writer.

That panel got me pondering romance in mysteries, and led me to the question, “Are We Getting Enough?”

Romance, I meant. What were you thinking?

Cozy readers don’t want explicit sex scenes on the page. As a writer of cozies, I close the bedroom door at that point. But what about the romantic aspects? How important are they? Julie Hyzy, Denise Swanson, and moi were talking at the event about readers' mail. We agreed that most of them are about the romantic relationships in our books. Readers are extremely interested in what might happen next, and they have strong opinions about what our protagonists should do next. So romance plays a big part in our mysteries.

I'm actually considering cranking up the love in my mysteries.

So tell me, are you getting enough? Or do you want more?