Okay, that's all very fine, and lovely to know they like my writing, but the reason they turned that particular book down in its present state is very interesting. It is a story that crosses more than one genre. Now in my mind that's a good thing. It makes a story more interesting if you have a mixture of romance, suspense, or crime, for example. I like to read books like that. so consequently I tend to write them like that too!
This latest effort has a bit of romance, a lot of suspense, some rather scary stuff and a bit of intrigue. The publisher seemed of the opinion that it would be better simply as a suspense story and drop the romantic interest. Since to my mind that was actually the main point of the story - the meeting of two people who are trying to escape their dark pasts - then that really didn't work for me.
I would be very interested to hear what other people think of cross-genre books. Do you like them, or do you prefer a single genre novel? This will now show whether anyone actually reads my blog posts or not! :-D Please feel free to comment if you have any thoughts about this.