Hi, this is Caridad’s editor at Harlequin/Silhouette, Stacy Boyd. I’ll be the guest blogger all week. A few days ago, Caridad kindly sent me a list of questions for my first post (I was terribly worried I wouldn’t be able to think of anything to write about) and maybe I’ll end up writing about the daily life of a romance editor or trends in the marketplace. But today, as I was re-reading some proposals from the next books in The Calling series, I remembered just what it was about that first book, Darkness Calls, that pulled me in.
I had just been hired at Harlequin/Silhouette, and I was working for Karen Taylor Richman, who was then senior editor of Silhouette Special Edition. Karen had met Caridad at a writing event in New Jersey, and she asked me to take a look at a promising project. Darkness Calls—and specifically the characters of Ryder and Diana—really spoke to me. I loved Caridad’s writing style, which was compelling and emotional.
I wanted to buy that book.
But, at the time, the company had no line publishing the mix of strong heroine, suspense, paranormal and romance that Caridad had written. Silhouette Bombshell hadn’t yet been created. Silhouette Nocturne was only a glimmer in the higher-ups’ eyes. Yet Caridad must have wanted to sell that book as much as I wanted to buy it, because when I asked for revision after revision, working to make it a book that would fit into Silhouette Intimate Moments (the line that is now called Silhouette Romantic Suspense), she eagerly complied.
I’m so glad she chose to do the extra work. That book started a series that is still one of my favorites, and readers seem to like it just as much. Plus, now that the lines and imprints have become less rigid, Caridad has had opportunities to write many stories that don’t always fit the conventions of category romance. (My favorite being the revisit to Ryder and Diana as hero and heroine in Death Calls.)
I’m happy to see The Calling with its own website. Now, if I can just get the proposals for the next few books in the series off my desk and under contract, we’ll have even more to talk about….