Friday, February 17, 2012

Do You Know Your Genre?

I know I'm a sad case, but I've been somewhat bewildered lately. As you all know, my first book, "Perfect Score", was a suspense novel (it's a finalist in the EPIC 2012 awards, mainstream category, so keep your fingers crossed for me). True, it was m/m and often got lumped into erotic sections of review sites. But it's far from erotic - quite non-explicit really. And the fact it was m/m is incidental. It's about the angst of two men who are born on opposite sides of the track. It's set in the 1960s and their paths should be together but they have an incredible struggle to achieve that - if they ever do (you have to read it to find out). 

Now, here's my problem: my second novel, "Hewhay Hall", due out in April, is a paranormal thriller. Yikes! That's a very different genre. Does that matter? Does an author attract fans because of the genre or because of the writing? What do you think?

I'm now into my third novel which, at the outset, was going to be a simple thriller.'s morphing - oh yes, watch it go! - and transforming as I write into a...paranormal thriller. It was quite an unconscious change, but it's definitely happening. Have I found my genre? Or has it found me? Has this ever happened to you? 


  1. Alex Beecroft made a post about this not long ago. She made her name writing excellent Age of Sail novels with a gay theme - no more m/m than Perfect Score is. She has also written a contemporary thriller, YA, fantasy novels, a pirate novella and says she fancies writing speculative fiction. What, she asked, should she brand herself as, or should she have a different author name for each genre? The general consensus was that the Beecroft name was far more important than the subject matter.

    People will buy Hewhay Hall because Perfect Score was so damned good and I think you'll find the same thing happening with your new one. Don't worry about it. Enjoy writing the story how it needs to be written.

  2. It appears you found each other, LOL.

  3. I JUST read Jen Daiker's blog post about the same thing. I don't have a problem with authors writing more than one genre. Go for it!

  4. Thank Elin! Lovely advice. Oh, Huntress and Alex - looks like there're more of us having the same problem.

  5. Hi, Susan,

    I guess all of us have different experiences with our writing. I love, love, love romantic suspense, yet I also write women's fiction, family drama and young adult stories. It's clear that you like excitement in your stories.

  6. That's good to know, JL. And, yes, I do like excitement in my stories.

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