There is an opinion in the romance world, that historical romance is dead. Well, clearly it isn’t, there are a lot of folks writing historical romance and quite a few still read it. However, contemporary romance certainly does sell better. For example, last summer when Highland Solution was on a Book Bub deal, it became the number one bestselling historical romance on Amazon. It reached number 45 in all Romance and about 150 in all Kindle books.
This means that of the 150 top-selling books on Amazon, about one third were romance but only one of those was historical romance.
Currently, Highland Courage is in a bundle called, Castles, Kilts and Kisses, with books by five other great authors, Tarah Scott, Lily Baldwin, Sue-Ellen Welfonder, Amy Jarecki and Carmen Caine.
As I am writing, it is the number one bestseller in Medieval and Regency, number three in Scottish and number 14 in historical romance. But it is not in the top 100 romances in general. In fact, currently only about the top six historical romances are in the top 100 romances.
So why do I write historical romance? It isn’t for the fame. I am not likely to ever be famous. It certainly isn’t for money. Even with five moderately successful books and three bundles on the market, I don’t make enough money from them to pay the bills.
I write historical romance because it is not dead and I want to make sure that it doesn’t die. There are still many people who love to read historical romance. I am one of them.
I write historical romance because I can infuse stories with values I admire. It is perfectly normal and historically accurate for my heroines to be virgins until they are married, be committed to making a marriage work instead of leaving it when it becomes difficult, and have deep faith which sustains them. When these values are included in a contemporary novel, it is usually classified as “Christian.” I don’t have a problem with that, but there aren’t many Christian romances in the top 100 either.
Finally, I write historical romance because I love the fairy tale quality that castles and chivalrous men imbue. Some would argue that contemporary billionaire romance has the same fairy tale quality with a modern twist. I don’t disagree, but a castle will always hold more appeal for me than a penthouse.