Today I have Harlequin and indie author Reet Singh on my blog addressing the interesting topic of genre hopping. Since I myself am guilty of the crime, just like Reet Singh, I thought this would make a good topic for discussion. Very recently I was at Jami Gold’s blog addressing the issue of whether authors should genre hop and if yes, what are the things to keep in mind for a smooth sailing? Here’s a link to that post http://jamigold.com/2014/11/the-pros-and-cons-of-switching-genres-guest-summerita-rhayne/
And now here’s my question for Reet on the same topic.
Since you are an author of two different genres in fiction, what is your opinion of genre hopping, based on your own experience?
Take it away, Reet!
Summerita, thanks for hosting me on your blog!
Your question has caused me to introspect.
I started my writing career as a writer of funnies – these were irreverent blog posts and I have recently shared one of them on my website here.
My sons were little then, so stories were a large part of our lives – I am talking E.V.E.R.Y night for several years. Such intensive story-telling inspired me to try my hand at writing fiction for middle graders. Thus was born The Zaken Takeover, an alien adventure, in which my then 11-year old son contributed the more dynamic – read grisly – scenes. Another entitled The Mystical Amitree, is in the pipeline and I am hoping I can complete it over NaNoWriMo this year.
Then, the Mills and Boon Passions contest happened and I found another niche – romance writing!
Suddenly I find myself firmly established in the club of genre hopping authors.
My personal experience is that the marketing is complicated when you are promoting to two vastly different sets of audiences. JK Rowling can do it effortlessly because she is huge already. Roald Dahl, ditto. Ian Fleming, sure. But for new authors it may not be possible to do justice to the marketing of both genres.
The authors I have listed are fantastic and they are my inspiration. Thus, I don’t plan to give up on either genre. I fondly imagine that the mature readers who read my romances are likely to have young children at home. These scamps will need to be kept entertained while their parent is engrossed in Scorched by His Fire or The Cure was Love.
Authors who ‘hop’ are described as challenging themselves; they don’t want to be creatively stifled by restricting their writing to a particular genre. Some readers – when they love an author’s voice – follow them over; others may not, if the other genre is one they would normally not invest in. If she is any good, the author will find new readers by and by.
Wish me luck!
Wishing you pots of luck and do continue to give us exciting books in the genres you favour, Reet!
So what is your take on genre-hopping? Should the author risk it? Or stay safe in the narrow lane? Do share!
Scorched by His Fire
Mita Ramphul can’t face another family set-up with a ‘nice young man’. What she needs is to divert her family’s attention so introducing the devastatingly handsome Tanay Devkumar as her new boyfriend is a stroke of brilliance. Until Tanay’s scorching hot kisses threaten to shatter her plans for the perfect pretend date.
He might drive her crazy, yet spending time with Tanay sparks a passion Mita never knew she had. It’s only meant to be temporary, but when Tanay looks at her with that smoldering fire in his ebony eyes Mita can’t help but surrender to the temptation of her fake boyfriend.
Meet the Author
Reet has a romantic soul, partly genetic but certainly attributable to the romantic fiction she devours by the kilo. When she’s not watching romcoms, or doing creative things with wool and a crochet hook, or playing Scrabble, she can be found in the kitchen putting together her ‘world-famous’ one-pot meals.
Married for three decades, her prototypical tall, handsome, and sensitive hero-husband still makes her heart skip a beat. Writing about love and happy endings feeds her romantic soul; hearing from her readers thrills her.
Having a mother that read to her, she paid it forward, telling bedtime stories to her sons and nieces until they grew too old too fast. As a reaction to them growing up before she knew what was happening, she began writing for older children, and has published children’s books on Amazon, for Kindle.
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Author Website: http://www.reetsingh.in/
Author Twitter : https://twitter.com/AuthorReet
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