I was just reading about how there is yet another series of books to be launched about Navy SEALs.
Here’s the thing– yes, my first romance stories that I wrote way back in 2006 featured Spec Ops (these are the Red Hot & Blue series short stories that are still being rereleased slowly but surely by Samhain Publishing). My choice then to feature these elite teams was for a number of reasons–I was reading Suzanne Brockmann and Alison Kent’s series at the time who both also feature special operations, the real life Task Force 145 was all over the news regarding al-Zarkawi, and I knew next to nothing about the military back then and figured if I invented a team of Black Ops, already known for their secrecy, I’d be less likely to mess things ups.
What happened next is this, while researching military details for the writing of those books, I came in contact with the real life boots on the ground–the infantrymen, the tankers, the average Joes, the guys I routinely see in cammies while I’m on a layover in the Atlanta airport. And I realized THESE were the guys whose stories needed to be told. Not just the darlings of the romance industry, the 1% of the military who are SEALs. My stories morphed to feature SNCOs (Staff Non-Commissioned Officers) and the men they lead.
There’s plenty of room in this industry. With avid readers polishing off a book a day, if writers put out a quality story, competition with other authors is not the issue. So yes, I sigh when I see one more SEAL series, but then I close that browser, open my WiP (Work in Progress) and write about some of the men that make my heart go pitter pat. Yours too? Good to hear! Below are my stories featuring men-in-uniform as the main hero: One Night With a Cowboy, A Few Good Men, Model Soldier, and coming soon A Prince Among Men. (Please note the Prince cover is just a draft version and I haven’t received confirmation from the publisher that it’s the final yet.)