The Big Reveal

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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?


Rachel Schieffelbein
It kind of chose me. I had thought I’d write younger, for one. Picture books and middle grade, and I thought I’d write fantasy. And I still want to, I have a middle grade fantasy idea that I love. 🙂 And I enjoy reading from most genres, I jump around a lot.

Ilima Todd
>>>I wrote a YA fantasy and thought it was too out there. I wrote a YA contemporary and wondered what is this book about anyway? I wrote an MG fantasy and really really missed writing kissing scenes. I wrote a YA sci-fi and it’s like all the stars aligned into this heavenly hum of perfection. It took some trial and error, but that’s where I’ve found my home. I’ve written 3 going on 4 books in that genre now with no future plans to stop, although one day I would like to try a straight romance. Funny thing is, I think I like reading YA contemp the most but couldn’t write it.

Janeal Falor
I’ve always liked anything speculative. Things that can’t really happen are much more interesting and escapeish for me. It’s probable I’ll always write included in those genres. Usually I read YA books, but I have an idea for an Adult Fantasy which I’m anxious to write some day. We’ll see how it goes.

One genre that I love to read but would never write in is Historical Romance. These make me happy to read, but I’d never be comfortable writing one. The authors that can pull them off leave me in awe.

Julie Sondra Decker
I gravitate toward reading and writing speculative fiction, and since to date I’ve only written one (incomplete) book that had no fantastical/SF elements, I guess it’s safe to say the genre “chose me.” I’ve read stories about unusual people since I was a kid and developed a fascination with the outsider experience (maybe because I related to it?), but I adore reading just about any story that features authentic, multifaceted characters. I love reading YA literature even if it’s not speculative, and I enjoy reading nonfiction and literary fiction.


Kyra Lennon
I don’t recall ever sitting down and thinking, “Okay, I’m going to write NA contemporary romance.” Mostly because when I started writing, NA didn’t exist as a category, at least not officially. That was just the age group I felt most comfortable writing. Romance was a choice, I guess. They are my favourite type of books to read, and again, it’s where I felt comfortable. I love to read YA as well as NA, and I enjoy any kind of book with humour. I like a good thriller now and again, too!

Medeia Sharif
It chose to me. I read YA and MG as a teacher and it grabbed me, so I started writing it. I read everything, but I prefer YA and MG.

Manda Pepper
I write a lot of different things, and while I realize it would be much easier to market myself if I stuck to one genre, I’m more interested in telling whichever stories come to me regardless of genre. I guess I do lean toward mystery, but I’m really more drawn to character. People fascinate me, even fictional ones. Maybe I write a lot of different things because I also read a lot of different things–mystery, historical fiction, romance, biography, history, fantasy–though I’d probably never have the stamina to research something and write nonfiction, even though I like reading it.

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

5 Responses

  1. I wrote my first YA novel without really knowing anything about YA. Then I started reading it and fell in love with it. Contemporary has always been my favorite and I’ve pretty much stuck to that, whether it’s adult or YA.

    I’d love to get into horrors and thrillers though too. That’d be fun.

  2. I tend to write contemporary/mainstream fiction or horror, or somewhere in between the two. I’ve also written some YA, usually with a darker edge.

    While I enjoy reading mysteries and thrillers, writing them is another story. I don’t think my mind works that way. 🙂

  3. Interesting question! When I first wrote, back in college, I wrote literary fiction, mostly — short stuff, which I liked, but which I also felt was the thing I should do, you know, a guy in college, needs to be all literary and read Hemingway and write stories about Stuff: That Matters. (I actually have read only two Hemingway books, ever: one for a college class and one because my oldest daughter read it in high school and said she liked it and I should read it. Having NEVER been told by Oldest that she liked a book, I read it to encourage her newfound love of literature. It didn’t work: She swore of Hemingway as soon as I said it was a good book.)

    Then, I didn’t write for a while, and when I started up again it was because I was complaining about how bad a horror movie was that we’d seen, and said “I could write a better story than that.” So my wife said “Well, do it,” and I DID.

    That was how I got back into writing stories: I wrote short horror stories, but gradually over time I’ve branched out into comedy, scifi, back into literary, and other areas, both short and long.

    But as I think about it now, all of them are sort of based in nonreality — from the pure scifi/speculative fiction (astronauts, people dying and going to Heaven, etc.) to the more realistic, but still sort of fantastical literary stuff I do.

    BOY, I did NOT think I would leave that long of a comment! And here I am STILL going on!

  4. Actually, what’s funny is that when I was writing my thesis, which was a novel, and turned it in, my thesis advisors said, “Oh, well this is middle grade, right?” And I hadn’t written the book with that in mind at all. But realized after they said it they were right. I should go back and revise that . . .

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