ROCK-ROMANCE – A MADE-UP GENRE!

by
Pam Howes

Oddly enough I never intended to be an
author. When I began to write it was never meant to be fiction. I thought I
might do articles based on the 60’s music scene in my home city of Manchester and try to
sell them to Mojo magazine or the NME. I’d always had a creative bent and spent
a long time running my own Interior Design business. But a change of lifestyle
and circumstances in the mid-nineties kind of threw me in the direction of
writing and once I started I found it hard to stop. But the factual music-scene-book
I’d thought myself destined to write actually turned into more and characters
began to develop. Suddenly I had a tale flowing and the more I wrote the more I
enjoyed the process of weaving a story around fictional rock band The Raiders,
and their lives and loves. That original story Three Steps to Heaven was
re-written God knows how many times until I was happy enough to let people read
it. The trouble is it was hard to class it in a genre.
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It wasn’t really a family saga, although it
featured families and it was a saga! It wasn’t, strictly speaking, romance,
although there are romantic passages throughout, nor could it be classed as
historical, as the sixties isn’t quite that yet, or so I’m told. It could be drama
– well maybe, there’s plenty in it and I’m told it would make good TV viewing.
It wasn’t chick-lit, no fluffy girls in it, just rock chicks! And although
there are a few sexually explicit scenes between the drummer and his girl, I
wouldn’t describe them as erotic. So what the devil to class it as? It was
certainly a problem. Then it struck me – I’d have to invent my own. And so, the
genre of Rock Romance was born.
Amazon, of course, doesn’t recognise it as a genre, and my books currently sit
in sagas and romance, but it’s how I promote my work. I now find it easy when
someone asks me what type of story I write. It always provokes a question and
answer session and with most people having a feel for a bit of nostalgia for
the sixties, I can usually make a sale or two.
Since that first novel I’ve written two
further books in my Rock’n’Roll Romance
Series
and am about to publish the fourth in December. I love writing in
this made-up genre. I love my music and my fictional band. I’ve really been
able to get involved and create lives and ongoing happenings for all my
characters and I’ve taken them from late teens to men just bordering sixty
years old. They’re still rocking and romancing the ladies though. There’s
little slowing down with my lot. Love and romance is not just for young
characters. Middle-aged guys like to enjoy life too and so do their ladies.
Last year I had a slight change of
direction and wrote a sensual romance based on a true-life love story. This
also had a music theme. I’m looking forward to expanding this series of sensual
romances next year.
I totally enjoy writing, I’m lucky enough
to be able to do it full time and it’s taken over my life. My head is
constantly filled with scenes and conversations, sometimes to the point where I
wish they’d all go home for the night and leave me in peace! I don’t think I’d
ever want to do anything else now though.


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Pam Howes was born in Cheshire. She is a retired
Interior Designer who loves creating stories, but only started writing
seriously about fourteen years ago. 

The idea for her first novel, set in the
sixties, came from her time as a teenager, working in a local record store and
hanging around with the musicians who frequented the business. That first novel
evolved into a series. Three Steps to Heaven, is the tale of rock’n’roll band,
The Raiders, and their lives and loves. The sequel, ‘Til I Kissed You,
featuring the same characters, is set in the eighties. This book sees the reformation
of The Raiders after a spell of retirement. The third novel, Always On My Mind,
set in 2001, is now available on Kindle and in paperback. Pam is a big fan of
sixties music and it’s this love that compelled her to write the series. 

A
stand-alone sensual love story, Fast Movin’ Train, set in the nineties, was
published in early 2012. Pam is mum to three, grandma to seven and roadie to
one musician partner. She still lives in Cheshire and also writes short
stories, which have appeared in charity anthologies and online e-zines, and
poems, many of which are published.



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