Heartfelt vs. Action and Suspense


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When I write for grownups I’m torn between the part of me that loves excitement, action, and suspense, and the part that is a romantic and loves happy endings and most RomComs. I’m concerned that I’ll give readers who love one type of story, but not both, whiplash. My writing can go from dark and violent to downright mushy, sometimes in the same sort story. I’m attempting to determine if theres’s a large enough potential audience who love both action, excitement, and suspense, and a touch of heartfelt romance, whether I’m going to need to choose one and focus on it, or take two separate paths and develop separate audiences.

It’s all part of the mystery and adventure. I can’t wait to see where the trail takes me next!

With love,




About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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8 Responses to Heartfelt vs. Action and Suspense

  1. ksbeth says:

    your path/paths will become clear with time, i’m sure of that –

  2. quiall says:

    My favourite stories are those that are not defined by a single genre. I like stories that develop organically. And Russ, I like your stories!

  3. utesmile says:

    I like both and combined is good too. Just write what comes to mind naturally without thinking the path. Continue the way you have!

  4. Mrs. P says:

    I like both and a mixture as well. There’s no harm in just writing what comes to you. If after writing it doesn’t flow with the current project you can always add it to a future one. Many great writers had a story or two that didn’t fit the expectation of what they thought was familiar. In fact, I’m reading a Grisham book now that is just that.

    If you start putting too many qualifiers in your writing you might lose that natural flow of writing you already seem to have.

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