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How Much Romance is Just Enough in Fantasy?
Incorporating romance into young adult fantasy presents an interesting challenge. Often, young adults are in the process of discovering romantic relationships in their own lives, and enjoy when those experiences are reflected in the books they read. On the flip side, dedicated fans of fantasy sometimes view plot-prominent romance as detracting from the staples of the genre. Searching for the right balance can drive a writer crazy!
My first series, The Legacy Trilogy, began as a tale of forbidden romance and expanded from there into a broader fantasy tale. Criticisms I received from fantasy devotees frequently revolved around the amount of romance in the books, while the other side of the table called the romance light, and at times peripheral to the series’ world-building. It was easy to be frustrated and confused.
I try to use critical feedback as a tool to look at my work through new eyes. Outside opinions don’t always match up with my visions as an author, but they can certainly open doors and illuminate unexplored trains of thought. In this situation, the feedback was at odds, and rested heavily upon reviewer preference, and his or her background as a reader.
That realization led me to analyze my background as a reader. I’m a fan of epic fantasies like Lord of the Rings, A Song of Ice and Fire, and Harry Potter. I’m a fan of political fiction like To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hunger Games, and Les Misérables. And I’m a fan of classic romances like Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Phantom of the Opera. Considering these books as the enormous influences on my writing that they are, the overlap in my own writing started to seem less confusing and more natural.
My new series, book 1 being The Queen’s Choice, has more fantasy and less romance, which has surprised but not disappointed some readers. My approach in writing this novel was to follow my gut, and tell the most authentic story I could. Anya, my main character, faces several personal crises, beginning right away in chapter one, and many of her relationships crumble as she struggles to find solid ground. Legacy was about Alera’s emotional awakening; The Queen’s Choice copes with Anya’s emotional retreat.
My responsibility as an author is to be as honest and genuine as possible with my readership, and that means trusting my instincts when it comes to finding that mysterious balance between romance and fantasy. Every author offers something different – a different story, a different perspective – and every reader is looking for something different. It’s my sincere hope that readers will uncover things worth finding in The Queen’s Choice.
Title:The Queen’s Choice
Series: Heirs of Chrior #1
Author: Cayla Kluver
Age Group: Young Adult
Publication Date: January 28th 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Available Formats: Hardcover, E-book, Audio
Find it: Goodreads | Heirs of Chrior tumblr
Buy it: Amazon | BN | Indie Bound | BookDepository
Magic was seeping out of me, black and agonizing. I could see it drifting away. The magic that would let me pass the Road to reach home again.
When sixteen-year-old Anya learns that her aunt, Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, will soon die, her grief is equaled only by her despair for the future of the kingdom. Her young cousin, Illumina, is unfit to rule, and Anya is determined not to take up the queen’s mantle herself.
Convinced that the only solution is to find Prince Zabriel, who long ago disappeared into the human realm of Warckum, and persuade him to take up his rightful crown, Anya journeys into the Warckum Territory to bring him home. But her journey is doomed to be more harrowing than she ever could have imagined….
Cayla Kluver is the author of the Legacy Series (LEGACY, 2011; ALLEGIANCE, 2012; SACRIFICE, 2012). Her new book THE QUEEN’S CHOICE will be published by HarlequinTEEN in winter 2013/spring 2014.
Cayla spends her free time singing, reading, dancing, and horseback riding. Her office is filled with twinkly lights. She travels frequently to speak at middle and high schools, libraries, and book conventions. New York City is one of her favorite places on the planet.
- A copy of The Queen’s Choice, and
- A fantastic grand prize package including the following Harlequin Teen titles: 2 copies of The Queen’s Choice, a copy of White Hot Kiss and Grim, a signed copy of Heartbeat and a complete set of The Legacy trilogy from Cayla Kluver.
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