My book is a spicy Regency romance.
1. Romance is my preferred genre (romcom, Regency and romantic suspense are my favorites). I also read mystery and historical fiction, as well as some YA (I’m a high school librarian, so this is done more for necessity, though there are many I really enjoy).
2. I’m not bothered if others associate me with my work. With that said, I plan to use a pseudonym for two reasons. The first is that I work with high school students. The second is that my mother was so horribly embarrassed when I moved in with my husband before marriage she never told anyone. I can’t imagine how mortified she would be if I used my real name.
3. Even though my story is a Regency, I think it has a bit of a romcom vibe. Having read many of both subgenres, I’m comfortable that spicy is a good fit.
4. I think many readers expect some spice in their Regency. (So yes, I think 3 and 4 align.)
5. One of the things about Regency romance is the societal expectation that the heroine be chaste. Once the characters make love, the stakes have changed, making any impediments to marriage more profound. In other words, it is often a turning point in terms of plot.