Since some of you asked, What do I write?? Here is my responseâ€¦Donâ€™t forget to leave comments or other questions on the posts today as Iâ€™ll be drawing a name from the participants for a free book this evening.
When you become an author, especially with the small presses, one of the most important things youâ€™re told to do is brand yourselfâ€”no not like cattleâ€”more like Frito Lay, Nestle, or Ford. You have to sell yourself and your writing as an author. Create an online presence. Readers need to get to know youâ€”how you write and what you write. But what about those of us who love to skip around and experiment in the genres? Is that you? Do you too feel like you just havenâ€™t found your writing niche quite yet? Okay, put your hands down. You are among friends.
When Iâ€™m asked: â€˜What do you write? Whatâ€™s your genre?â€™ I seriously have to make out a list. And I make no excuses for it. I love skipping from genre to genre, stretching my writerâ€™s legs or fingers. Or to be more precise my imagination and my writerâ€™s niche. It keeps the writing fresh and exciting. In the beginning, I branded myself as a Sweet and Inspirational author. I still do, but recently Iâ€™ve added to it sensualâ€”as my last two finished works are much more that way. As for other subgenres, thereâ€™s also: Young Adult, American Victorian Historical, Mainstream Contemporary, and Romantic Suspense.
This spring I increased that list when I wrote my first high fantasy romance. I finished it in four weeks. Seriously, I felt like my fingers were on fire. One DAY in fact, I accomplished writing seven thousand words. It was amazing. I stretched my comfort zone and included a new genre to my repertoire. Itâ€™s a wonderful story of adventure with a kidnapping, a pampered princess, a land forbidden of magic and a silver-tongued masked outlaw hero. Fun stuff, I tell ya. And I just received a publishing contract for it this month.
Last month, I decided it was time for me to write my first historical western. Now this is not my chosen genre by any means. In fact, Iâ€™d never even read this genre until about three years ago when I started reading the work of a friend of mine. But they really are just so darn fun and sexy. I had to give it a try. This short story wrote in three days and I had the most fun. Again I pushed myself to try something new, to expand and move into an entirely new realm of romantic fiction, and Iâ€™m so glad I did.
So whatâ€™s my writing niche? Ask me again in ten more years. Maybe Iâ€™ll have figured it out by then. But in the meantime, Iâ€™m having the time of my life figuring it out and writing the stories of my heart.
I find that I write in my favorite reading genres. What genres do you all like to read??
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