As qualified as I am to write a G-rated western romance, I cannot actually pen the first sentence without making a plethora of decisions. The first decision I must make is, what genre of western romance shall I place my deathless prose?
Here are some of the options for choosing a genre for western romance:
- Mail order bride. From the looks of it on Amazon, several new mail order bride romances are churned out each month. These books all have one thing in common: A sweet young thing seeks adventure or leaves home in search of a handsome cowboy in some godforsaken place 500 miles from nowhere. Nowadays, of course, such brides are all bartered on email and become internet brides. Apparently a lot of readers have a passionate dream of being a mail order bride and so they read dozens of these steamy romances to experience the vicarious blessings of dumping their spouses or their lovers and riding off into the sagebrush with a virile and handsome good-for-nothing who will make them deliriously happy.
- Grieving young widow. Preferably in her 20s or early 30s, with room on the biological clock still ticking, these young maidens have all lost their husbands. Possibly a horse fell on their beloved husband, or he got caught cheating in a card game and got plugged between the eyes, or he got bit by a rattlesnake. No matter, the man is gone and the grieving young widow swears she will never look at another worthless man again until a half-shaved, rarely-bathed, cowboy appears on her doorstep, which she threatens with a shotgun and later enters the bonds of holy matrimony with said cowboy who ultimately shaves and takes a bath and they live happily ever after.
- Wagon train romance. All of the endless treks of wagon trains leave endless opportunities for finding romance among trekkers on their way to the gold fields, to Oregon, tio Tonopah Nevada, or new horizons elsewhere.
- Homesteaders. Homesteaders are the nemesis of the sheep and cattle ranchers but nonetheless a young maiden on a homestead presents intriguing opportunities for romance.
- Refugees from tyrannical rich parents who seek a new life somewhere in the Golden West and who must be rescued by a cowboy, preferably a cattle rancher, or a general store operator.
We have only just begun with the possible genres and story lines. Keep watching this blog for further enlightenment.