Please give a warm welcome to author, Nancy S. Thompson who is joining us with her book, Leverage. This is a romantic suspense thriller and it is the second book in The Mistaken Series!
Hi, my name is Nancy S. Thompson, and I am a writer of thrillers.
Sounds kind of like an AA confession, doesn’t it? Well, like many in recovery, I sometimes feel a little distanced from the rest of the pack. I mean, in today’s indie market, especially after the success of Fifty Shades of Grey, romance, in all of its forms, is king—or maybe queen is more appropriate, considering most avid readers are women. And while my husband has tried to convince me to convert to the almighty contemporary romance, my heart and soul belong to the thriller. But I, too, love romance, so naturally, my stories revolve around that core element. That’s why I write romantic thrillers, dark ones—very dark—and emotional, because I think, essentially, that’s what the reader wants to connect with. Deep, dark emotions.
Ironically, I’d say the hardest part of writing romantic thrillers is simply finding an audience. Because romantic thrillers are crossovers, belonging to both romance and thriller genres, both audiences sometimes balk at picking my books up. The thriller purist, predominantly men, get all icky-faced and uncomfortable when they read anything romantic, and by that, I mean sex scenes, and Leverage is loaded with them. But it’s important to know each of those scenes drive the plot forward, so they’re important, essential, and necessary.
On the other hand, the romance reader primarily wants the love element without all that other stuff mucking up the story. But, honestly, how many different ways can one read boy meets girl, they fall in love, are torn apart, then later reunite? Why not throw some real obstacles in the way, make the reader gasp with fear? Why not give the reader an emotional and physical rollercoaster ride to hell and back?
That’s what I do, and that’s precisely how nearly every single one of my readers comment when they review my books. Many romance purists who’ve read The Mistaken and Leverage remarked how they’d never picked up a romantic thriller before mine, but now love the genre. It warms my heart to know I’ve converted a few over to the dark side of romance. It makes all the twisty plotting worth the work, and it is work, let me tell you. Thriller readers demand surprises, twists and turns, unseen threats, and believable villains who, while vile and hateful, are understood in their passion to turn the protagonist’s world upside-down and inside-out.
But come on, you and I both want hot men and even hotter sex, with love the enduring force that drives the heart of the story. Right?
So I do it all—I give you the couple who falls in love and the danger that tears them apart, plus all the thrills that will undoubtedly keep the reader on the edge of her seat as she fights to keep from biting her nails down to the quick. My advice? Schedule a manicure after reading The Mistaken Series. You’re so gonna need it!