Before I forget, because absentmindedness has been running rampant with me lately…
Happy Release Day, Christina!! Christina pops into my blog every now and then, so I had to give her a shout-out for her debut release, Leaf Letters, from Sugar and Spice press. I love her cover. 🙂 We just missed meeting each other at ConCarolinasy this year, which I’m still kicking myself in the pants for. I am so making up for it at next year’s convention. And don’t let this chick fool you. She’s a published writer, though mostly in the gaming industry. Apples versus oranges or not, that alone is a huge accomplishment. This is her first foray into the contemporary romance world. I wish her all the best and know that she’ll make it big.
Christina has left me thinking about something. If you weren’t writing in the genre you write in now, what other genre would you choose? For me, that’s a huge question because I’ve known the paranormal since the day I had seen my first horror movie Blood Beach. To write in any other genre is like asking me to have a sex change. Not gonna happen.
A while back, I was talking to a friend a while ago and she brought up an interesting point that she had learned during a stint at Clarion. For those of you who don’t know, Clarion is one of the best “writing camps” in the country. Many people have graduated from there to become fantastic writers. I’d love to do it myself, but not at the cost of missing six weeks of work and thousands of dollars. While I love writing, I know my limits.
Anyway, my friend said that she would always written fantasy and sci-fi and fantasy because it was the only thing that ever interested her. Her first story published was a paranormal romance. Now granted, paranormal and sci-fi/fantasy isn’t that much of a stretch. But romance? Even she said that she never would’ve imagined her writing in such a fluff genre. Clarion had stretched her mind and taught her that choosing a genre is okay, but learning how to convey a story is what makes a good writer.
I can get with this, though I still can’t see myself writing outside paranormal. But I guess if I had to, I’d probably go with either sci-fi or contemporary. Trust me, I’ve tried both, but for some reason, the paranormal always gets in the way. Not that I’m complaining. If that’s where I’m most comfortable, then why change it?
So what other genre would you write in if you could do the one you’re in now?