So much for the experts!
The reason I'm querying is that my own fantasy/vampire/paranormal romance, Bloodgifted - which is the first of a series - was originally pitched at the over twenty-fives as the protagonists are roughly in that age bracket. Most of my beta readers agreed - they're all post-forty something females who love romance novels.
I am now rethinking that.
Recently, one of my beta readers passed my manuscript to a friend's twelve-year old daughter. She read it within two days, then took it to school to read it to her friends. They loved it and wanted to know the release date. They all want a copy and are urging me to hurry up with its publication, so I can complete the second book in the series and get it out there!
I was stunned. It appeals to twelve to fifteen year olds? Who would've guessed! So, now it seems I have a book which crosses the age category and I have to thank twelve-year-old Abi for that.
It also answers a question for me regarding the writing of sex scenes. Knowing my book will be read by a younger audience, will certainly determine the way I approach love scenes, which means erotica is out of the question. Intimate scenes between the central characters can be approached in more subtle and romantic ways and they'll be fun to write.
My own twelve-year-old niece, Annie, has read the first few chapters and even drawn images of some of the characters, which I'm including here.
So, does my novel fit a specific age category? Nope! And that's exciting. Does it have to? You tell me.
|The witch, Eithne|