First, I’d like to say thank you to all of my readers for over 10 years of continued love and support. It’s because of you I get to go into the office every morning in lace corsets and pink stilettos~~two of life’s simple pleasures~~and create stories that you have all come to enjoy.
For those of you
who don’t know me, I'm Angie Daniels, a.k.a, Sasha Campbell, an award-winning
author of both romance and women’s fiction. People often ask, what’s the
difference between the two genres? Well, that’s easy. The formula for romance is simply, there's
always a happy ending. Women’s fiction? Anything goes and when it comes to
Sasha Campbell, I do mean ANYTHING.
Which do I
Well, how about I
start by first introducing you to me and my alter ego.
For me … it all
depends on my mood. Some days I’m outgoing and funny, other days I’m more reserved.
Whereas, Sasha is a breed of her own. She’s wild and feisty and has a mouth on
her that I try to contain but that isn’t always possible. I like stilettos, and
she loves corsets. I prefer dressing with style and class, and Sasha loves outfits
that reveal her inner freak. We are as different as day and night, but together,
we’re a force to be reckoned with.
As Angie Daniels …
I’ve written over twenty romances. There is a formula to romance that most authors
master over time. The hero and heroine meet … there’s an intense attraction … hot
steamy sex (and the more the better) … add a little conflict and some
resistance … yet in the end they fall in love and live happily ever after. The
thing I find most challenging is finding ways to keep my stories from sounding
the same. One thing I have learn is that I can’t just create the type of men I
like. I’ve gotta also cater to the needs and wants of my readers. You want a
thick sista with natural hair… got it. You want an everyday blue collar worker …
I got it. I’ve found I enjoy creating everyday characters that readers can
relate to. Romance writing is where my career began and it is something I will
never steer away from no matter what direction my career is headed.
Then there’s my
alter ego Sasha Campbell, a vivacious diva. She has costumes hanging in the
closet, and a stripper pole mounted in one corner of her office (Trust me,
every woman should have one). She loves urban drama, intrigue and definitely
suspense with twists and turns in every story. All of her books are centered around
dialogue, and are based on everyday issues. Most importantly, there isn’t
always a happy ending. Sasha also tweets daily about off-the-wall shit and indulges
in on-line dating that she posts in details on her blog. In other words ... she
likes to keep it real. As Sasha, I can get away with things I could never
do with romance.
So which do I
prefer? Romance or women’s fiction?
What I prefer is variety.
I require it in my writing the same way I crave it in my men. A little bit of
this and a whole helluva lot of that. By having it, I keep my writing from
getting stagnant and boring while at the same time I try to ensure my readers always
get a page-turning ride for their money.
Until Next Time,