Growing up, I was always told—Don’t do what everyone else is doing. Forge your own way. Make your own path.
So when I started writing to publish a decade ago, I took that advice to heart and created an epic series that didn’t just break the rules, I burned the rule book entirely.
They will tell you in writing and publishing classes, “Write to your audience!”, “Don’t cross genres!”, “Write what a woman would want to read.”, and on and on went their so-called advice.
But being me, I did just the opposite—I wrote what I myself would personally want to read. I didn’t care who the audience was. I crossed a half dozen genres. And perhaps most importantly, I wrote what men would want to read.
That doesn’t mean that women would not be interested in my stories, they very much are, but it would mean that if you’re a woman expecting a “typical romance” novel you will either be sorely disappointed or very pleasantly surprised. I’ve received rave reviews on Amazon from both men and women alike.
Romance for Men?
I know what you’re thinking, “Romance for Men” sounds really kind of stupid, even silly, right? Guys don’t read romance! Well, there’s a reason. Most, like 98% of romance is written for women. Unless it’s strictly a gay romance novel and most of those I’ve seen and read are written by women—yes, women writing gay romance for guys—with plots that haven’t a clue about what men would really like to be reading.
So what would happen if a guy actually wrote what guys would enjoy reading?
Imagine a deeply immersive paranormal—sci-fi plot with intimate personal relationships, but written from the perspective of what a more male audience would want to read within a story.
Why I Write “Guymance”
If you want to get inside the heart, mind and soul of Harley Austin to figure out why I write the kind of stories I do—then look no further. I’ll tell you.
First of all, Harley Austin does not actually write “romance”. I know, you think I just contradicted myself, and to some extent I have. But hear me out. Sure, there are deeply romantic, steamy episodes between people in the stories I write, but actually, truth be told, I don’t really write romance, per se.
I write stories.
I didn’t really start life as an author writing romance, but in the end, a Harley Austin story is just that, an epic tale blending multiple genres including romantic aspects. Does that make the story a romance or a paranormal—sci-fi—thriller—intrigue with romantic elements?
I don’t know. And honestly, I don’t care. You decide.
Growing up on a small farm in an equally small Northwest town and raised by religious parents, as you can imagine, I didn’t have a whole lot of opportunity to explore the kind of male and female relationships that happen within my books. I guess that’s kind of what makes me tick, so to speak.
In any event, I just wanted to write a short post for the people in this group. I think it’s fun to see what other people do with their free time.
I’m not trying to sell you a book. All of my work is available for (mostly) free on Kindle Unlimited. But if you do checkout my work, don’t forget to leave a review. Reviews, good or bad, are actually really hard to get on Amazon.
Take care, Y’all.