Welcome to The Big Reveal.
I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them. Some of these ladies have helped me with my own work, or given me advice on blogging or writing, so check out their blogs and see what they’re about.
Did you choose your genre or did your it choose you?
Would you like to get into other genres?
What genres do you like to read?
Melodie Wright, Agented author
Um…I guess the genre picked me. At least for now. I write whatever the story calls for. Lately, it’s been YA but I can see that changing. My favorite genre to read is adult mysteries/thrillers. I’m an omnivore and will read pretty much anything with a good story.
Ryann Kerekes, Agented author
I guess I would say that my genre choose me. I am a reluctant grown up, so it feels very natural to write young adult. A little too natural!
Cassie Mae, Un-agented author
The genre chose me. I wrote nothing but fantasy until I got critique partners. One of them had a contemporary and I thought, huh… I think I want to try my hand at that. And BAM! It was my genre. Now all my ideas come in contemporary form.
Jade Hart, Un-agented author
Umm, this is quite a hard one to answer. I was drawn to writing YA as it’s lighter and fun. However a CP who has read my current WIP has advised she wants it to be adult – that’s because she loves the romance between my two characters so much she wants there to be a sex scene! Which is awesome, but of course YA doesn’t allow sex. I think I write more YA cross-over rather than strict YA. I like that genre, but I love all genres really, horror, mystery, saga… anything that captures my attention
Janet Taylor, Un-agented author
I have always been an historical fiction nut. Elizabeth Chadwick. Sharon Kay Penman. Ariana Franklin. I’m crazy about those nutty nobles and royals of days gone by. But I also love a lot of the raw emotion of some of the more contemporary Young Adult novels. Hunger Games. Forest of Hands and Teeth. Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly. And, my voice is naturally YA.–I guess that’s the teen inside me.. lol.. So—how to combine the two? I decided to write about what all devotees of historical fiction wish for…The ability to travel through time. How freaking cool would that be?
Stacy Stokes, Un-agented author
I tend to get inspired by what I’m reading. I try not to switch genres too much when I’m writing, otherwise I risk getting distracted by a new, shinier idea (unfortunately a bad habit of mine). That said, most of my stories tend to be YA – it’s what I enjoy reading and what I typically love to write. But perhaps that’s because I write what I read and read what I write…hmmm…
Me (Suzi) Un-agented author
The first stories I wrote were adult contemporary. But then I did a YA contemporary, and that’s what I’ve been doing ever since. Until then, I probably hadn’t read any YA since high school, but now read it all the time and (gasp) enjoy it. That wouldn’t be a surprise to the ladies here, but until lately when Harry Potter, Twilight & Hunger Games got big, you didn’t hear about adults reading YA. But trust me, many do. To read, I do enjoy adult contemporary, thrillers and some historical fiction.
Joelene B. Perry, Published author
I started in Women’s Fiction, but all these awesome YA ideas kept coming to me. I finally gave up and started writing there. I was a high school teacher, so it comes pretty easily to me. Since I didn’t read YA books in high school, I feel like I’m playing catch-up right now. There are SO many great YA books that I’m sort of shocked and staggered, and have just immersed myself in that. I do love a good historical, and I might write one someday – when I’m ready to write more slowly than I like to do.
Liesl Shurtliff, Pre-published author
My genre chose me. Even though I have always loved fantasy and fractured fairy-tales, I was convinced that I wasn’t creative enough to write it, but eventually I gave in and tried it. I’m so glad I did! I’ve dabbled in contemporary and some futuristic/dystopian YA things, which I may pursue at some point, but my ideas for my next couple of books are solidly MG fantasy. I read very widely and have favorites in all genres and age groups. I just love brilliant writing.
Mindy McGinnis, Pre-published author
My genre came to me, for sure. After college I got a job as a YA librarian, even though I didn’t read YA and was sort of resistant to what was trending at the time. Then I realized that I was immersed in the market, and spent 40/wk with the target audience. I’d be an idiot NOT to write YA. And then when I started, I found out I loved doing it. I would like to write for adults someday, but right now I’m happy where I am. I read across genres. Anything. Everything. Cereal boxes, even.
Krista Van Dolzer, Agented author
In this case, the genre totally chose me. I was lying in bed one night, just on the verge of sleep, when a first line came to me: “Mama said it was plum foolishness to keep my cousin’s dog tags like that, with his blood still stuck between the ridges of his name.” I wondered what kind of story would start with that kind of line, and Steve was born. I read children’s literature almost exclusively, though I tend to read a lot more YA than MG. (Of course, I’ve tried to change that since I started writing Steve…)
So, what about other writers out there. Do you read the genre you write? What’s your favorite?