So many authors out there started out in one genre and literally ‘fell’ into another. And it worked for them. When we start our writing journey, there’s a passion inside of us for a certain genre. But as we grow as writers, as our talents expand – sometimes we can find ourselves ‘testing’ the waters.
I know I did. (GULP).
My first story that I ever wrote was an Inspy Romance. Cute, sweet, full of chocolate and tender hearted sighs. I won a contest and had my novel published. Amazing. It really was. But then I tried my hand at a Christian Suspense … only to realize it was should have been labeled as a Paranormal and the Inspy theme didn’t mesh. So I wrote a Women’s Fiction – and fell in love with my story. Agents have it now. But an editor mentioned it ‘might’ be in the wrong genre (again). Contemporary Fiction – huge difference. Hopefully I will find an agent who loves the story despite the genre and will have the wisdom I seem to lack (if there is an issue – don’t you hate this unsettled ground we seem to live in as unpubbed writers?)
So … it’s a Friday. I’m not going to continue with the up close and personal right now … but I would love to know your thoughts.
Are you happy in your genre? How did you know this was the right genre for you? Do you write in other genres? Have you even figured out what genre best fits your writing?