Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Livid doesn't begin to cover it

Thanks to Maili who keeps an eye out for all things interesting that I would otherwise miss, I just checked out her link to Candice Proctor’s ‘a note to her romance fans’. Now anyone who has spent anytime reading this blog or following me across cyber world and it’s message boards knows I think Candice Proctor is THE premier romance writer out there. I am in wonderment of this authors ability to tell a story. One of her talents that awes me the most is her ability to write and write wonderfully in different genres. She wrote an excellent medieval in The Last Knight. She wrote a terrific western in The Bequest. She wrote the most beautiful ‘coming of age’ and ‘giving all for love’ story in Whispers of Heaven. She followed up with an incredible ‘South Pacific’ love story in Beyond Sunrise. Each and every book of hers is poignant and beautiful and exemplifies what romance is all about.
Imagine my horror then when I read her letter and saw she has been ‘penalized’ for one of her greatest assets. I am outraged, livid even. If ever I doubted the publishing industry was insane – and I never did – this proves it.
How dare they try and pigeon hole an author of Ms. Proctor’s calibre – and others like her. Can you see the smoke coming out of my ears yet?
I’d write more, but I’m too steamed at the moment.

I shall return when I calm down.


Deb said...

Yes, I can just picture the smoke. You are my book guide!

ReneeW said...

I so agree with you. I'm starting to get paranoid that the mass exodus from this genre by some of my favorite authors spells the beginning of the end for historical romances. Like what happened with trad. regencies. I hope I'm wrong. I'm going to miss Candice Proctor. Yes, I know, she's still writing, but historical mysteries are not my thing. Well, I may try one of hers.

Tara Marie said...

It's extremely disheartening to read her words. It's sad when an author is forced into a box by the publishing world. She is one of my favorites, she has a fabulous story telling ability that crosses all time periods and to pigeon whole her into one is a crime.

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