Ramblings of an Amused Dragon

by A. G. Carothers

Breaking the Rules One Book at a Time

When I started writing this series I wanted to write something I'd never seen before.  In an industry as vast as this is that is hard to do.  In the last 2 years I've read over a 1000 romance books both mf and mm with pretty much every trope one can imagine.  I've built my favorite author list with those that step out of the box and who truly make their work unique in different ways.  Those authors give me hope that you can step out of the box and be popular.  I would like to be popular, but that's not why I write and it's not why I write how I write or what I write.  I know some things won't be to people's tastes and that's okay.

When I decided that I was going to self publish, I made the decision that I was going to write my story the way I truly see it.  That meant breaking the gender lines.  My books are about individuals no matter their gender, sexuality, race or what have you.  Each book contains elements of relationships that vary as much as real life can. 

On the surface book 1 looks like a typical mf paranormal romance/urban fantasy, but once you get below the surface you start to see that things are far more complicated.  You have a female who is unhealthily emotionally attached to her best friend and afraid to make real connections with outsiders.  A male who is deeply in love with his boyfriend who he can't acknowledge as his boyfriend because of the of fear disrupting the relationship between best friends.  Another male so deeply in the closet that his own best friend of 40 years doesn't know. And then BAM their whole world gets turned on its head with the appearance of a male from a group the female has been hiding from her whole life.

Relationships are messy.  Life is messy.  Love is messy.  Love is also blind.  It doesn't see gender, race, or sexuality.  Love doesn't drive my story, it just happens, and life is difficult enough without letting things like gender, race, or sexuality interfere with love.  So, why should I?