I'm fortunate enough to actively write for three great publishers who indulge my creative need for challenge and my desire to not be tied to one specific genre. I do have books with a fourth publisher but haven't written for them in a couple of years simply because they prefer their authors to focus on one particular genre and, unfortunately for our partnership, my brain just isn't wired that way.
- Waking Up in Oz - a vintage retelling of the Wizard of Oz
- Her Highland Hottie - a contemporary erotic novella sequel to my winter release, Kilty Pleasures
- Secret Santa's Surprise - a 2018 holiday novella sequel to Bewitched
- And an untitled time travel/fantasy sequel to my latest release, The Vessel
I just returned from a wonderful weekend in Manchester, NH where I attended Fall In Love With New England, an author/reader get-together centered on the reader, rather than the writer. Authors gave workshops and played games geared toward the reader. We had a costumed dinner party (my Egyptian Pharaoh costume took second place), and held a book signing which was also open to the general public.
I hadn't done a reader event in years and this smaller, more intimate conference was a great way to get my feet wet again. One of the many comments I heard from new-to-me readers were that they were anxious to see how well I moved from one genre to the next. Hopefully, given they either bought or won books from four different genres, they won't be disappointed.
I'm writing this at the end of a long travel day so I'll keep it short. I'd love to hear from you on how you feel about authors writing in more than one genre. Do you think it helps or hinders their ability to create a good book?
Until next month.