Happy Tuesday, RG2E Peeps!
Welcome to The RG2E and/or Welcome Back!
Please help me Welcome the Wonderful Nina Croft to The RG2E!
She’s taking us on a superfab fun adventure Mixing Up Genres! Take it away, Nina…
Hi, I’m Nina Croft. This is my first time here at RG2E (I hope there will be lots more) so a little about me. I’m English, though I now live on an almond farm in the mountains of southern Spain where I read, write and occasionally pick almonds.
I write romance, but all different kinds, paranormal, sci-fi, contemporary… So today, I thought I’d write a little about this and hopefully get some feedback on what readers think about authors who mix up their genres.
Most novels fall into certain main categories, such as romance, thrillers, science fiction. And then there are the cross genre novels that have elements of two or more of those categories. Crossing genres isn’t a new idea; it’s been around forever and has resulted in a long list of recognized sub-genres: paranormal romance, romantic suspense, historical time travel…
As a writer, I’ve always believed that you should write the sort of things you love to read, but that doesn’t narrow the field much for me. I read just about everything. If it’s fiction—I’ll try it. Therefore it’s hardly unexpected that I have a tendency to mix up the genres in my own stories.
So far I’ve written paranormal romance, science fiction, fantasy, a thriller and most recently contemporary category romance. But I also have a tendency to mix up my genres within a single story, and one of my favourite stories to write was a mixture of science fiction, paranormal and romance.
But in traditional publishing, writing in different genres hasn’t been encouraged. Similarly, with getting too creative with crossing your genres. It’s too difficult to market; bookstores don’t know where to shelve the books. (And this is one of the reasons why I think self-publishing is a great option—it allows you a freedom to explore and experiment that you might not get with other methods of publishing).
Another aspect of writing in different genres is it makes it difficult to develop your author brand. Readers don’t know what to expect of you. They get annoyed when they pick up what they think is a contemporary romance and then find out it’s taking place in space. Some authors solve the problem by using different pen names for the different genres they write (such as Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb.) But I think this is changing. Readers are now more willing to experiment with different things. Also with ebooks, it’s easy to try a sample so you know what you’re getting.
So as a reader, how do you select which books to read? Do you pick by author, by genre, or by something else entirely. And If you enjoyed a contemporary romance by an author would you consider reading a paranormal by them even though it wasn’t your usual type of read?
The book I’m introducing you to today is a paranormal romance novella, called Bound to Night, and I’ll be ebook gifting five copies.
Waking up after a brutal werewolf attack, telepath Tasha Grant finds herself a prisoner of The Facility, an illegal organization carrying out research into the paranormal. She dreams of freedom and going home, but after eight long years, she believes it will never happen.
Her life changes with the arrival of Jack, a vampire, and the latest unwilling guest of The Facility. Tasha finds herself drawn to Jack, and passion flares between them, but Jack refuses to let her into his mind, and Tasha can’t help wondering – does he care, or is she just food to the vampire?
Jack is fighting his attraction for the young werewolf—he has a job to do, and good reasons for keeping his distance. But when they escape together, he knows he must help Tasha find her way home.
But as the past unravels, and they uncover the secrets behind Tasha’s attack, her chances of going home appear remoter than ever.
Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of 9-5 work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
Nina writes all types of romance often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction.
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I’m with you, Nina, in that Mixing Up Genres keeps our writing fresh and treats our readers to all kinds of fantastic journeys!!! I read across all genres, and I write in multiple genres too! My fave thing to do is mix it up even more with cross-genre blends.
Cheers to you, Welcome again to The RG2E, and thanks for treating us to Ebook Gifts and a fabulous peek into your story worlds!
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