One of the banes of my writing existence is my tendency to mix genres, even if I don’t really mean to do it.
I mean, yes, I do tend to be cavalier about rules of all types. I am not, and never have been, a good soldier. My dad was in one of the original graduating classes from the US Air Force Academy, which meant I could have attended as a legacy. My folks used to joke about that – that I’d be given an order and would say, “why?”
I never really understood the people who DON’T ask why.
I view speed limits as recommendations.
Those signs people post telling you what you should and should not do? Hates ‘em. I may have been known to deface a few. Usually with flowers.
But I do try to observe the customs of the reading/writing/publishing universe. While genre conventions mean as much to me as, say, coloring inside the lines, I know that they serve a purpose. I’m part of several group blogs and I try to keep to featuring my contemporary erotic romances on the Contemporary Romance Café blog and my fantasies and fantasy romances on the Here Be Magic blog. At Word Whores, I feel free to mix it up and just be my floozy self, flitting from whatever genre looks most attractive at the moment.
Love the one you’re with, right?
So, when Reese Ryan, our amazingly efficient coordinator, organizer and Queen of the CRC blog told me I should definitely include my new release Master of the Opera here, I was surprised. After all, I consider it to be paranormalish, what with the whole Phantom of the Opera ghosty/magical things going on.
But, Reese has a point. (She always does, I’ve found.) Master is a modern retelling of Phantom of the Opera. Thus it counts as contemporary. It’s also erotic and romantic, so it fits that way, too. In many ways, the story lets the reader decide – is the magic real? Is it more the ordinary magic that underlies our world and the presence of old gods lingering in the crevices? Or is it all a dream, a product of mental and emotional illness?
I know what I think happens in the story, but I look forward to the debates from others. Act 1: Passionate Overture releases today, so grab a copy and let me know what you think!