This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the February 7 posting of the IWSG are Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!
This month I’m not feeling too terribly insecure, probably because I just had a publication acceptance! My first full length contemporary romance, The Marrying Type, was picked up by Evernight Publishing. It’s still early stages so I don’t have much information on when it will come out (we haven’t even begun edits yet) but I’m thrilled about it. I usually write paranormal/urban fantasy, which is why I say it’s my first full length contemporary. I do have several other contemporary romances published, but they’re novellas.
I guess that brings up an insecurity, however: should I mix up the genres I write? You always hear writing experts cry BUILD YOUR BRAND, which I suppose means you should focus on one thing, or specialize. However, I like writing both paranormal and contemporary, and darn it, I want to do both. If anything, I think it would broaden my audience as some readers like one or the other, or do read both. I know there are other romance authors who write both. This is probably not something I need to chew over as much as I am–the answer, of course, is WRITE WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY. The rest will follow. Publish books, gain readers, build your career. That should be the focus.
February 7 question – What do you love about the genre you write in most often?
Of course, you might have figured out from that dramatic diatribe that I’m a romance author. What do I love about it? Well, it’s fun. I like writing about love and relationships. I also love the community–both authors and readers are voracious, and they’re very supportive of each other, too. It’s a huge industry, so there’s lots of opportunity in it. I don’t really care if the naysayers claim that romance novels aren’t “real books” because the numbers certainly say otherwise. Go back to your literary tower and pretend that Walt Whitman never wrote love poems and that Jane Austen isn’t “really” a romance novelist. Pffft!
How about you? What do you love about your genre?