By Shara Moon
These are just some of the words that come to mind when reading an interracial romance, and just a fraction of the reasons why I love to write them.
Frankly, I just love to create a world where two people can fall in love and, despite everything, can overcome their internal and external conflicts to be with one another. I know. I just defined the quintessential romance novel. But it’s having these two people find the freedom to love each other and embrace that love that makes the experience that much sweeter.
And though interracial romances are thriving with small print publishers and in e-pubs, there is that one misconception that this subgenre is all about race. And that is a big misconception.
Many interracial romances are not exclusively about race and they aren’t intended to be. As a romance reader and writer, I can appreciate the variety in the romance genre and the multifaceted stories that come from its diversity. In my stories, race is never the core issue. Like my work-in-progress, tentatively titled BEWITCHED, where a beautiful black travel writer finds herself time traveling in the middle of 11th century Scottish Highlands. How interesting is it to see these primeval Highlanders react to this woman, who is not only unusual in her looks and language, but also holds this uncanny influence over them, their powerful laird, and their way of life. It’s just as fascinating for me to write!
But don’t get me wrong. It is not my intention to limit my writing to just interracial romances. Whether the characters are black, white, or candy-apple red, love is love is love. And I fully intend to take advantage, flex my creative muscles, and explore my range as a romance writer.
For now, I’m just happy to see that interracial romances are quickly growing in popularity, and I believe it will soon catch the attention of more major New York publishing houses. I’d like to even think it’ll find a place in the mainstream market someday soon. And if not, I’d be happy just to keep writing it.♥