Naysayers. At-a-girls. What a teeter-totter I’ve been on with the advice I’ve collected while considering a dip into a second genre.
It reminds me of when my big sister did the ultimate bad when I was four years old. She jumped off of the teeter-totter when I was on top!
The naysayers have a valid point. I’ve branded myself with my writer’s platform firmly ensconced in the genre of suspense and thriller. My fan list, my choice of conferences and associations, and even my emails and social media. Everyone and everything supports my infrastructure as a suspense writer. Don’t get me wrong. I love writing about a few dead bodies here and there. My private investigator, Cassidy Clark, isn’t going to stay quiet for long.
For two full years, I’ve had this idea in my bones that I wanted to write a story that would be more inspirational. More feel good. Maybe a book readers might pick up as a Christmas gift, sans all the murders and espionage. One great obstacle seemed to be that I had no story.
In April that all changed for me. The story became clear with an event that happened to be told to me by my father. What timing!
My seventh book and third in the Cassidy Clark series is now published.
Now, to get this novella out before fall. My first daunting challenge? Determining what the genre would be.
Magical realism. Who knew? Me? The mistress to suspense?
The positive feedback? A guru in the publishing marketing industry told me that readers are readers. If they like my writing and they believe in me, there is nothing to stop them from trying out my second genre which will be a series of novellas.
Granted, these authors have secured their mark in the publishing world, but I showcase those that have taken a ride on the teeter-totter between genres with success:
Stephen King is the king of multi-genre. He wrote of the United States in Alternate History, along with the Green Mile, and Magical Realism. Remember the flies?
Anne Rice slipped in some erotic romance.
We can add Thomas Harris and even T.S. Elliot to the list.
So what’s to stop us as authors from writing from the words that are burning in our hearts?
My gutsy P.I. will be back with more thrilling suspense, and my Magical Realism will become a new series.
The key for me? These genres are so different that I fall into one or the other each time I put my fingers on the keyboard. There is no doubt what genre I’m writing in when I pull up the manuscript. It’s what’s on my mind and in my heart at that time. Some say I got devil. Some say I got angel.
I like it. You might try it.
One fall off of the teeter totter and a bruised bottom won’t stop me. A bruised ego won’t, either.