The Big Reveal

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.

Did you choose your genre or did your genre choose you?

Mónica Bustamante Wagner, Agented Author
Oh, I’ve always LOVED kid lit! I guess it’s because I’m kind of childish in many ways… take the super heroes—I love Spiderman because he’s a teen. And I will always prefer to watch one of his movies instead of watching “adult heroes” like Iron Man or Grownup Superman. (Though I will always love Thor!!)

Lynne Schmidt, Un-Agented Author
That’s a hard question. I have a urban fantasy novel written, a memoir, and a few contemporaries. I’m kind of scattered, so maybe I choose? Or maybe the story chooses me?

I love reading contemporary stories, young adult or adult. I also cannot get enough memoirs (usually the painful ones that cause me to cry at 3am because I refused to put the book down). Usually the more gut wrenching, the more I like it.

Theresa Paulo, Un-Agented Author
I chose my genre, YA contemporary, but I have attempted other genres. I have yet to finish any of them, though, I do plan on it one day. My favorite genre to read is YA contemp, but I can get caught up in any YA book. I’m also a sucker for romances.

Mindi Scott, Published Author
I suppose that my genre chose me. Contemporary, realistic Young Adult novels are the books that resonate most for me as a reader, so it makes sense that they are also the books that I love to write.

Steph Campbell, Published Author
I actually started writing chick-lit. But none of it felt real or authentic and I never tried to publish any of it. I loved Bergdorff Blondes, anything by Emily Giffin, The Debutante Divorcee’s, etc… but then a friend of mine lent me a YA book and I was hooked. I totally got sucked into the genre and started writing my first YA. I felt like I finally found my voice. I still occasionally read an adult novel, but I’d say 90% of the books I read are YA or NA the last several years. And that’s what I write, too.

Christa Desir, Pre-Published Author
My genre chose me. I can’t world-build fantasy or para worlds. I am not creative enough. I have to start with a place I know. I edit romance novels & have always loved reading them, but I’m sort of a disaster about writing them. I’m a bit allergic to happy endings.

Dahlia Adler, Agented Author
I can’t even think of it as a choosing because there were just never any other options for me. I do have one dream project that’s fantasy, but only because it’s another bible retelling and I love the original story so much that I’d want to be able to stick to it as closely as possible, which wouldn’t really work in contemporary the way I envision it. But otherwise, I’m all contemporary, all the time. It’s definitely my preferred genre to read, too, but I make the occasional exception for a CP’s manuscript or something that’s been highly recommended all over the place. (And in adult fiction, I love historical, but I’m not as big a fan of it in YA.)

Jenny Morris, Agented Author
My first two books are paranormal/fantasy and Already There is contemporary. I have always been intrigued by, what if. It’s why I loved Star Trek growing up and it’s why I fell in love with authors like Stephen King and C.S. Lewis. So I think the genre I started writing in chose me when I was very young. But I also love reading character driven stories and fantasy doesn’t always focus on that so I read contemporary too.

Did you choose your genre or did your genre choose you?

5 Responses

  1. I’d have to say I fell into YA. The first stories I wrote were adult contemporary. And then I had an idea for a new one, with teens. So that was my first step into YA since I was a young adult myself. I hadn’t read any YA at that point, but jumped into it and now love it.

  2. LOL! What an excellent question. I think it is a question of nature and nurture just like professions. Those genres of novels and TV programmes we like probably determine which ones we’ll enjoy writing too. Great post. I loved the replies. If we try writing something that doesn’t fit then that’s probably why it isn’t a success like me with women’s magazine stories I never read them so why did I try so hard to write them! ;O)

  3. Fab question! And so many good answers! I think my genre chooe me…but I don’t really have a set genre. I just write about what inspires me. So, maybe I choose it. Huh. Confusing. 🙂

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