“Write what you know.”
“Stay in your wheelhouse.”
“Don’t confuse your readers.”
Oh Lord, how often do writers hear these bits of wisdom? And they all sound reasonable, right? Because common sense tells us to learn how to do one thing, do it well, and keep doing it over and over again.
Bullsh-u-z-t-z. Excuse my sneeze, y’all.
Before I became I writer, the longest I stayed with one job was four and a half years. And those four+ years seemed like FOREVER. See, I get bored easily. If I do the same thing day after day, year after year, I eventually lose my edge and the passion that drew me to the work in the first place.
And that pretty much spells doom for my writing career, doesn’t it? After all, I’ve been doing this writing thing seriously since 2007.
Well, variety can be the answer to boredom. Yes, the work may be essentially the same, but by writing in different genres and sub-genres I keep from becoming bored out of my gourd!
And I didn’t wait until I became burned out to write—and publish—different types of stories. My debut contemporary romance, Personal Assets, released in late August 2013. By November, I had also released a cozy mystery, In For a Penny, co-written with Nancy Naigle. Sassy, sexy contemporary romance with a blue-collar hero and HAWT sex versus cozy mystery chockfull of crazy over-fifty women and no granny-sex? Doesn’t sound like a particularly smart strategy, does it?
But guess what?
I love it.
I also have two paranormal romance series with five books each in the works (although I won’t have time to birth those into the world for a while).
Oh my, what will my readers say? Will they be confused, angry, throw rotten fruit at my head?
So far, I haven’t been forced to wipe any black bananas or moldy strawberries from my face. I realize my readers may not follow me from genre to genre. Which means my income may not be what it would if I concentrated all my efforts in one area. But that’s a price I’m more than willing to pay to keep myself interested in my work.
Because if I lose interest, guess what else I’ll likely lose?
You got it.
Readers. If I’m bored, they will be too.
But I do believe a writer should always deliver on certain promises to her readers. So what can someone expect from a Kelsey Browning book regardless of whether it’s a contemporary romance, paranormal romance, or cozy mystery?
- A sassy edge
- Fast-paced dialogue
- Quirky characters
- Some LOL moments (so says my crit partner )
- And hopefully a whole heaping of entertainment
And those are promises I’ll never get bored with!
Do you read the work of authors who write in more than one genre or sub-genre? Do you follow them regardless of genre?
Running the Red Light Summary
After wearing a “Least Likely to Succeed” label all her life, Roxanne Eberly is hell-bent on making her Red Light Lingerie store successful. Although the residents of small-town Shelbyville, Texas, are a little…lingerie-resistant, she’ll win them over eventually. So when a former employer sues her, putting a major wrinkle in her careful plans, she reluctantly accepts help from hot-stuff Houston attorney Jamie Wright.
Jamie’s on track to become his firm’s youngest partner, but discovers an unwritten prerequisite—marriage. Turns out, the only woman he wants is Roxanne, but peddling thongs and sex toys isn’t a suitable career for the spouse of an up-and-coming attorney.
Jamie’s tangled up in Roxanne’s lawsuit, her life and her lingerie. But if they’re ever going to make it work, Roxanne’s big-city boy will have to decide what he values more: the career he always thought he wanted or the woman he never thought he’d fall for.
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