… on Genres and Boxes

I am a Romance author. When persons ask me what I write I no longer struggle with it. It rolls off my tongue – simply and easily, “I write Romance novels.”

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Photo Credit: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net per arztsamui

Lately I’ve been wondering if I’m boxing myself into a cage. I didn’t start off with romance. I started off writing good old Epic Fantasy but eventually tapered off to Urban Fantasy. I ended up with Romance when I realized just how much I loved reading romance novels. Over the past couple weeks I’ve been doing some writing exercises using Urban Fantasy and it hit me that I love writing Urban Fantasy. Not to mention my catalogue of novels that never were in that particular genre. But as I was about to delve into my plot notes I stopped myself and decided to focus on my contemporary romance plots instead. After all, it would be silly to jump ship to another genre. Though strictly speaking if I were to jump ship this would probably be the best time. I don’t have a large following and I’m not well known in that niche market (yet!!). What happens in the next three to four years when I am (hopefully) known in that niche? Can you imagine putting out ten romance novels and then suddenly a Fantasy novel? That is one way to definitely confuse loyal readers. It hits me as I type this that I’ve possibly started realizing that at this stage writing is more than something I do for the love of it. It is a business I desperately want to break into. And, sometimes business decisions and creative lust clash. The obvious solution to this is to utilize another pseudonym but then I ask myself if it would be worth the effort of building the brand of “another writer”.

I’m Rilzy Adams and I am a romance author. I now wonder if I’ve locked myself in a box that may be hard to escape from.

Readers, what do you think about authors who write multiple genres? Writers, do you think writing across genres is every a good idea?




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