Hello! Before I try to write something interesting here, I thought I'd introduce myself. I'm LK Hunsaker and I write mainstream romance with an artsy twist. Artsy means I focus on the arts: music, dance, theater, fine art, and literature, and at least one of those is a main part of every novel. The twist is that they also focus heavily on social issues and deep personality issues, family rearing and such that shows why the characters react as they do. But, and this is a BIG but, they're not slow and lumbering and hard to read like much literary fiction! Think Joyce Carol Oates meets Jennifer Crusie or women's fiction meets romance. ;-)
Maybe because of the psychology in my novels, a friend and fellow writer recently said I was the Queen of Underlying Emotional Currents. That's a crown I'll proudly try to wear, although I'm sure there are those who could dethrone me. But speaking of Queens and Crowns, did anyone in the States happen to watch Castle on Monday? For those who didn't catch it or don't get it, it's a brand new series (with a sexy and charming hero - Nathan Fillion) about a best selling mystery novelist who gets pulled into helping the police department solve murder cases. Aside from being funny and intelligent, it's a real boon to writers who have too often seen eye-rolling when telling others what we do. [You write romance? Oh. Nice. Sorry, I have to go….] Or instead of eye-rolling, they back away like you're the devil incarnate about to pollute their perfect souls. We've all had that, right?
Well, I'd like to tell them all to go watch Castle. It's fun to see him work out the stories of the crimes to help solve cases and seeing how he can because of all the research he's done for his books, PLUS, and this is a big plus, his knowledge of how stories come about. The first episode showed him figuring out why the beautiful female detective became a detective instead of something more glamorous. Far-fetched? Not hardly. See, there are things writers have to understand in order to write good novels and WHY is a big one.
How does this relate to romance? Look at the myriads of relationship problems couples have. Maybe instead of spending big bucks in therapy, or along with it, they should check into more romance novels or talk to a romance novelist. We know the whys. We know how to dig into the stories to come out with answers or at least paths to answers. That's what we're trained to do. We have a viable place in society's well-being. It's all in the pages.
By the way, I'm not knocking therapy. Heck, I have a psych degree and plan to head toward art therapy eventually. And I work for a sandplay therapy center.
If you want to find me out there on the web, my website that seriously needs to be redone is at www.LKHunsaker.com and today I'll be updating my links so you can find me in tons of other places, if you're curious enough. Also, and this is a BIG also (sorry, I'm getting carried away), my Ebooks are on sale this week for Read an Ebook Week [www.ebookweek.com]. Find them for next to nothing, and a couple of short stories for nothing, at www.Smashwords.com by searching LK Hunsaker.
It's nice to meet everyone and another thanks to Lindsay for starting this blog!