Over the last year, I have written a few times about genres: how to define them, how to classify your own writing, and even what might happen when established authors try their hands at something new. I love reading and writing genre fiction which I believe is one of the greatest sources of entertainment ever created.
Here’s what Vicki has to say about writing in more than one genre:
I do seem to collect genres as I write. I started out in Romance, and then moved on to Mystery and Suspense. I tried my hand at Science Fiction and Fantasy then wandered over to Women’s Fiction before finding my way to Romantic Suspense.
Is it because I haven’t found my true calling in writing? Heavens no. It’s because I love to write and will write whatever and however it comes out of my head. I just sit down at my computer and the words come out in the tone and style of the story that develops.
For example, I have written several Science Fiction/Fantasy novellas. One that has been published is Catch of the Season. It tells the tale of a lobster hunter who becomes the hunted. I got the idea for that story after watching a Red Lobster commercial. What a fun story to write and develop.
I have gone all-dramatic and written a Women’s Fiction novel, titled Good Intentions that I wrote after seeing a feature story in my local newspaper. I found the story of a woman of five children who took in a pregnant teenager to eventually adopt so compelling I had to learn more. What I did was contact the reporters who wrote the feature who eventually got me in contact with the person in the story and I was able to interview her for more details. The story screamed to be told at a higher level than a local newspaper but I knew it must be fictionalized. I delved deep into my soul for this story and it shows. The story is unforgettable.
I usually have to do a lot of research before writing too far into the story and that’s where the police, homicide detectives, crime scene technicians and the sort came into play when I wrote Out for Justice, a romantic suspense. Everyone was a great help and they helped set the tone of the story as very suspenseful. Finding a murderer who keeps on killing is difficult when the clues are few and far between. This story was actually a dream I had. I woke up, hurried to get pen and paper, wrote as much as I could before the morning blew away my memories. I never swayed from who the killer would be. I had the rookie homicide detective completely characterized right down to the details of her condo. The story wrote itself.
Currently, I’m jumping into a whole new genre – paranormal. It includes werewolves and vampires. Now, to say I’m a bit out of my element is saying a lot. I’m doing a ton of research for this book. To make it more fun, I’m co-writing it with a friend. He’s writing the werewolf and I’m writing the vampire scenes. So far, it’s working out very well.
The story chooses me. I don’t choose the story. I write what bubbles up from deep inside of me. I find my style and tone adjust for whatever genre it turns out to be.
I just enjoy the ride. — Vicki M. Taylor
Thanks so much to Vicki for sharing her thoughts and experience. To find out more about Vicki, visit the following sites:
Books by Vicki M. Taylor:
Both novels were released in November of 2012 and can be found on Amazon in paperback or as an e-book.
Thanks, Vicki, for visiting!