What is love?
I don’t mean the 1993 earworm dance hit by Haddaway, but the actual question. This is a three worded question that has stuck with me since I start publishing in 2010 (my 8th year this month). You may wonder why this question is so important to me. Back when I decided to write romance for the purpose of getting published, I had a decision to make. What type of romance should I write? I had asked some friends and acquaintances what romance novels they liked to read. Many genres were mentioned, such as contemporary, historical or sci-fi. They assumed I would write straight romance. But when I came up with the idea for what would be my first published title, I didn’t want to write a “traditional” type of romance, which for some means straight romance, as in a man and a woman finding their happily ever after. I decided to write a lesbian romance- two women finding their happily ever after together, exactly like a man and woman would. When I ask myself, what is love, it means everyone deserves love, which in the romance genre means a romantic love. Love encompasses every gender, from a man loving a woman, to a man and man or a woman and a woman finding their soulmate (in some instances, multiple men and women loving one another in a committed relationship). I wanted to test myself because in 2010 writing LGBTQ romance was not marketable in mainstream publishing. Lesbian romance was as far from mainstream publishing as you could get. But I didn’t care. I had a story to tell, and I would tell it.
Lovestruck, my first book ever published, is a lesbian contemporary romance set in New York City. It’s a combination of a May/ December romance, and a bit of a power struggle with an alpha billionaire heroine and her lust-turned-to-love for her younger, naïve employee. It’s one of my proudest publishing achievement because I did it on my own terms. It started a trend for me, because since then I have published 30 titles, showing love in many forms, the majority of which happen to be lesbian romance.
Why lesbian romance, you may ask? What is the draw for writing this subgenre in romance that rarely gets enough respect, praise or great word of mouth like straight or gay (M/M) romance? I’m the type of person who has always stood on the outside, on the edges of acceptance. It’s because of many years of low self-esteem stemming from childhood bullying and personal inadequacies that followed me into adulthood. I eventually found my self-worth by losing myself in books, and in my writing. I always responded best to characters, whether it be the hero or heroine who felt they never belonged or always found themselves lacking in some way. I found a connection with my own writing, which occurred when writing Lovestruck. I gained more confidence I ever though possible all because I decided the first book I published was a lesbian romance.
That question- what is love, is really easy to answer. Love is love, which is shown in the romance genre in whatever form a writer invents with their characters they create.
One lucky commenter will get the Lovestruck series in eFormat. The series is 3 books, 2 of which feature FF romances and 1 MM.
KT Grant is a self-proclaimed eccentric redhead who not only loves to read a wide variety of romances, but also loves writing it. As a former book blogger and entertainment columnist, with a bad coffee and Twitter addiction, she still doesn’t shy away from voicing her opinion.
A proud native of New Jersey, KT is multi-published and writes Gay, Lesbian and Straight romance. KT has also been a top ten best-selling author at Amazon.
KT loves to hear from readers. You can drop KT an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find KT at these fun places: