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.

The first book I wrote was a paranormal shifter story and I set it up as a series so I had all intentions of following up with more paranormals right away. And then I got distracted…

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.

If you want to know ore about Eliza, check our her website, or follow her on Twitter.

Eliza is very graciously offer two books today – a copy of her Watch Me Hide (Book 2 of Purgatory) from Phaze Books, and her Obsession of Jayde which releases from Loose Id on September 29th.

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.

Eliza Gayle’s Hiding her Obsessions
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19 thoughts on “Eliza Gayle’s Hiding her Obsessions

  • September 16, 2009 at 5:57 am

    So long as it is a well written book, I am ok with an author switching it up. It kind of makes it exciting to see where they will go and how they think with the new works.

  • September 16, 2009 at 6:03 am

    There is a reason my Bio begins: "Sybil boasted a total of 16 voices in her head. HA! Inez Kelley has that many before lunch!"

    And my inner voice does change with each genre. It should. Each genre has its own rhythm, much like music. It is that invisible beat that flavors the tune just right, just distinct enough to fit the mold.

    Congrats on your upcoming release!

  • September 16, 2009 at 6:04 am

    Hi 🙂
    Thanks for the great guest post Eliza!
    I've read authors doing Fantasy, SF, Horror and can recognize their "voice" despite the genre.
    All the best,

  • September 16, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Hi Amy, I definitely like your train of though. Thanks!

    Inez, Too funny and thanks for the congrats!

    RK, Some authors I recognize the change in their voice and some I don't. It's very interesting. Thanks!

  • September 16, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Eliza, you have great voice! (Although I've only ever read the paranormal one…to date)

    This was a good interview, thanks! And congratulations on your new release.

  • September 16, 2009 at 9:49 am

    So true. My literary voice is different than my fantasy voice. My primary is fantasy, but my extra ciricular activities is contemporary or literary. Currently, "The Journal of a Mad Woman," is my ebook on my website. It's a different voice than my Fantasy series.

  • September 16, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I am ok with an author writing in several genres as long as the story is well written.
    Some authors I can recognize and some I can't.

  • September 16, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    I like when an author branches out to other genres. I like the slight variations in style that each genre brings out. As long as it's a well-written story, I'll follow my favorite authors anywhere.

  • September 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Eliza – I'm very like you with my writing. I try to stick to paranormal and contemporaries but sometimes I stray. My next release is a sci-fi with a feline shifter so at least I've combined things. I just can't seem to stick to one genre without becoming bored.

    Good luck with your upcoming release. BTW – there is nothing wrong with fearing snakes or liking chocolate!

  • September 16, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Awww, J.K. that is so nice, thank you.

  • September 16, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Nikole, whenever anyone talks about a literary voice I always picture something so elegent. 🙂 Very different from what I would imagine as fantasy.

    Estella and joder, I understand the need for a well written story. Yay for the variety!

  • September 16, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Shelley, It is a good way to stave off boredom isn't it? Oooh I love a good feline shifter. Thanks so much for the well wishes.

    Leah, as for the odd nickname… It's a german thing. My name at the time was this loooong german one (14 letters long) and all my drill instructors tried out many variations before they finally just started calling me Fritz. 🙂

  • September 16, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    I like to check out all authors stories that I like no matter the genre. I understand the use of an alias but find I like it better for them to be upfront about it instead of keeping it a secret….

  • September 16, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Hi, Eliza! If I like an author, I tend to follow her into all her ventures–it's fun to see how/if their voice changes with the story! It seems to depend on the writer whether there's a huge difference or not. And I do enjoying how it's broadened my reading horizons–because of some authors, I've started reading a little of just about every sub-genre 🙂

    Best wishes with your own genre hopping 🙂

  • September 16, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Hockey, good point about the alternate author names. Lots of different thoughts on that one.

    flchen, excellent on the branching out on the sub genres. I've definitely found some new things to read that way as well.

  • September 16, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    I don't mind if authors switch genre — and I imagine it keeps the work fresher and more fun to do! Thoroughly enjoyed this interview. Thanks!

  • September 17, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Great interview. I definitely agree that switching it up can mean a change in voice, but as a reader, I like an author stretching that way.

  • September 17, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Bella, it is fun! Thanks for stopping by.

    Ella, that's great to hear. Thanks!

  • September 17, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    When I find an author I like, I always look to see if they write under a different pen name and a different genre. (Isn't the interent great) Even if I'm not a fan of a particular genre, but I'm familiar with the author, I will try their other books. I've found some great books that way.

    I think it's healthy to try different subjects. Although I'm not a writer, I wouldn't want to do the same thing all the time.

    I like to play golf but I wouldn't want it to be my only recreation. You need a good mix to keep it fun.

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