After serving her country in the marines, today’s guest author Eliza Gayle now lives in North Carolina with her husband and two daughters. Like me, Eliza writes hot and spicy stories — contemporary, fantasy and paranormal. On her bio on her website, she admits to: an irrational fear of snakes (there’s nothing irrational about that at all), a chocolate obsession (nothing wrong there either), and that she had two nicknames in the Marines – Annie Oakley (I can figure out where that came from) and Fritz. (That one leaves me baffled. Maybe she’ll tell us the story behind it later today.)
Thank you, Leah for having me on your blog today. I thought I’d come by and talk about my split personalities. *g*
That’s right, I have them – in my writing that is. In fact many writers do. No, I’m not talking about the split between the writer who weaves the perfect story and their non-writing life. I’m talking about the ones who can’t write in one genre to save their lives.
It could be as extreme as writing romance to writing mystery or as common as writing in different sub genres like myself. When I started writing, I knew I wanted to write erotic romance without a doubt. That’s about all I knew when I got started.
A little story called Submissive Secrets formed in my mind and it wouldn’t go away so I found myself writing Contemporary with a little bondage thrown in. Once I finished that I went back to paranormal and thus my path began going back and forth between the two sub genres that I still write in today.
Since then I have had many discussions with writers about the pros and cons of not focusing on a specific genre. I’m hardly alone in writing like this and in fact many many do but many times I have been warned that true success seems to come from a focus, that readers stick with authors who write the genre they read. So…I fought it. Silly me.
I wrote another paranormal and then began another. That next one was so hard I couldn’t figure out what the problem was. It was only a short story why was it taking so long. My other personality fought with me until it gained control and I wrote the contemporary that needed to be written. (that other paranormal is still not completed.)
I learned my lesson.
For one, I’m a reader and while I read primarily paranormal, I do like to mix it up with other sub genres. Not unlike how I feel when I’m writing. I usually write and write on a story until I’m done and pretty sick of it. By switching to another genre I get to change gears completely, work on something different. It’s how I write and it works for me and I can only hope that readers come along for the wild ride.
Recently a discussion came up about having to write with a different voice when you switch genres, even sub genres. Again, something I hadn’t given much thought to. I simply write the story as I see it. So, I asked a few of my author buddies who read my stories before I send them off and asked them if they could tell a difference in my voice between the genres.
The answer: definitely.
I learned that neither genre voice was a favorite with all. One liked my contemporary voice better and one liked the paranormal voice better. One even went so far as to describe the difference.
She explained that the paranormal voice is more raw or earthy where the contemporary is more refined or polished. Neither being of a different quality just a different feel. Huh. I was fascinated. Who knew?
Of course it makes perfect sense. There are favorite authors I read who write in different genres and while I may love their paranormal series, I like the contemporaries a little less. Could be as a reader I’m focused on what I prefer to read or the different voices working their magic.
And as releases go I’ve become pretty true to the need for change with my most recent release, Watch Me Hide being a contemporary bdsm and my upcoming first Loose Id release, Obsession of Jayde a paranormal ménage.
I’d love to hear what readers and authors think about their favorite authors writing outside one genre and if you can see the difference when you read their books.
Here’s a sneak peek at Watch Me Hide
For too long Emerson tried to gain the attention of one man, with no luck. Until she discovers his secret—in a sex club. With a mask and a plan she goes after him and ends up unearthing her own secret desires.
Rio wants what he can’t have but isn’t about to ruin his life over it. Now a new woman has caught his eye and he longs to discover why she hides.
As they get closer to the truth, the tension escalates and the forbidden becomes irresistible.