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??
I rarely think about genre in a first draft. But! That means in a later draft I have to revise the manuscript for any spots where it slips because a Suspense has different elements than a Mystery, a Paranormal different ways to present the supernatural than a Horror. It is much more satisfying for a reader to get what they came for, so I make sure to deliver in my rewrites.
I am working on different heat-levelled romance writing. I love to learn and try new genres until I master them to my liking. I have no idea if they’ll ever see print or if the experience will simply serve as a tool in other works. But it’s interesting and fun and really pushes me to work outside my comfort zone.
Hmm…good questions. I would have to say my genre choose me. When I sketched out my first nightmare *cough* book (aka CREED) I hadn’t really envisioned the age of my character. I was more focused on the setting, how the characters back-story impacted her current struggle, and what forces were contriving against her. Her voice – that of a seventeen-year-old girl – was almost a secondary factor to me.
My favorite genre to read is Adult Historical Fiction. I think it is because I spend so much time crafting YA stories in the present world that being transported to a different era is like my own personal mind-vacation. As for writing historical fiction…on the YA side, absolutely. I love to write historical re-imaginings, especially those surrounding infamous crimes or local lore. My first foray into the YA Historical genre is a book titled SWEET MADNESS. It is a reimagining of the Borden murders told from the maid’s point of view and is set to release summer of 2015 with Merit Press.
It’s hard to say. I’ve always been drawn to Fantasy, Paranormal and Horror, even from a young age. Yes, my writing genres are pretty much the same as my reading genres. And no, I kinda love my genres too much to venture out.
Um, Romance choose me. I’ve always wanted to be fantasy writer because it’s my favorite thing to read, but I like romance too. It’s kinda fun doing both. I think my experience writing romance is making my fantasy work stronger.
Paranormal, Sci-Fi, romance, and contemporary are my go-to genres for reading and writing. I do like a good horror book, too, and thought it’d be fun to write one, but I think I’d creep myself out.
My first book ever was a young adult novel but in the 90s, YA wasn’t selling. In the 00s, as the market opened up, I started writing YA again. I was writing it the way YA was in the 80s, when I was growing up (Sweet Valley High, Cheerleaders, etc.). I was immediately told my voice was too young for YA and I should write middle grade and chapter books. I like sweet, happy, fun books. I don’t seem to be able to write the dark stuff, but I admire those who can.
Did you choose your genre or did your genre choose you?