Do you read romantic suspense? Do you write romantic suspense?Is it dead? I’ve been hearing that for several years now. Since that’s what I write, I’ve ignored the rumors of its death and continue to write contemporary murder and suspense with an equal amount of romance. While I enjoy reading a straight murder or romance I miss the relationships. I always feel there’s just a little something missing if there’s no hero/heroine conflict and a HEA ending.
I did some research and found the top 100 romantic suspense books on Amazon. Top 100 – wow – maybe it’s not completely dead after all. http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Books-Romantic-Suspense/zgbs/books/13389
Barnes and Noble list their top 30, but that is part of 17649 romantic suspense products. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/?category_id=318
Just Romance http://www.justromanticsuspense.com/says it’s your one stop for romantic suspense.
Is it in the top 5 selling genres? No. The top selling genres are romance/erotica; crime/mystery; religious/inspirational; science fiction/fantasy and terror. http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/which-5-book-genres-make-the-most-money/?view=all
But with Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Mary Burton and Kendra Elliot, to name a few, and still writing and selling great romantic suspense and Amazon has a top 100 list, I’m proclaiming Romantic Suspense alive and well. And I’m now going to finish my next one.