Genre jumping

I have to admit, I haven’t quite yet figured out what kind of writer I am, genre-wise. My forthcoming first novel, which is currently in the editing stage, is Forget-Me-Not, a romantic suspense novel. It’s kind of funny that my first sale should come in this subgenre, because I haven’t read a ton of books like it. Maybe that’s why it was easier for me to write–I wasn’t constantly fretting whether this had “been done” before. It probably has, but I don’t know about it. Like the saying goes, “What you don’t know, you can’t be neurotic about.” I’ve got a western romantic novella I’ll be starting revisions on in a month or so, and I’m hoping to sell it shortly. (I have some editor interest on it, but who knows?) And last but not least, one of these days, I’ll return to working on my current project, which is sort of a funny/sexy crime caper thing in a contemporary setting. I’m not sure that this is smart, marketing wise, to jump around from genre to genre, but I can’t figure out how else to proceed. I seem to be destined to have to try everything and fail at most of it before I figure out what I’m good at. I can think of only one writer I like who really jumps from genre to genre, and that’s Lisa Cach. She’s done everything from mainstream to historical romance to paranormal, all with her own flair. Are there any other well-known genre jumpers I’m forgetting?

About Linda Morris

Linda Morris is a multipublished writer of contemporary and historical romance. She writes stories with heart and heat, and a joke or two thrown in. When she's not writing, working, or mommying, she's doing yoga, reading, working in her flower garden, or baking delicious things she probably shouldn't eat. A beat-up old copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss's "Ashes in the Wind" that her mom bought for her at a garage sale years ago was her "gateway drug" into the world of romance novels. Her all-time favorite romance writers include Laura Kinsale, Patricia Gaffney, Elizabeth Delancey, and Marjorie Ferrell. Current favorites include Julie Anne Long, Erin McCarthy, and Shannon McKenna.
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One Response to Genre jumping

  1. Linda, I write the story that comes to me, not to a genre in specific, so I have sci-fi and romance and mainstream and urban fantasy and horror, and I understand your quandary. I've created different pen names for the genres that are very different, lumping the sci-fi, fantasy and horror together under one, and the more romantic novels under another. My first contracted romance for The Wild Rose Press comes out next year; the urban fantasy series has already begun. Best wishes for your forthcoming launch!

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