Happy Holidays and Sharing Some Love!

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It’s almost that time of year and I can already feel myself slipping into holiday mode. All I want to do is watch Scandal and drink cocoa. Ah, life! I’m probably going to dissappear until after the new year so I want to take this time and wish all of my blogger friends a merry Christmas and a very happy new year!

I also thought it would be a good idea to spread the love this time of year, so I’m going to shout out and promote some of my blogger buddies.

Dahlia Savage blogs over at dahliasavage.com. She just revealed the cover for her upcoming novella, Indiscretion, and I have to tell you; the story is great! Check out her cover reveal here. You can preorder the novel on Smashwords.

Chrys Fey blogs over at http://writewithfey.blogspot.com. Her novella, Hurricane Crimes, is now available! Buy it here on Amazon or add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.

Gina Stoneheart blogs over at http://dawningonanewday.blogspot.com. She always has an encouraging word to share. Definitely stop by her blog and check it out!

Liz Blocker is working on a book that I can’t wait to read! She blogs over at http://lizblocker.blogspot.com.

Kiersi Burkhart is a kick ass writer who blogs over at http://prolificnovelista.com. Check her out!

Misha Gericke is an author and blogger. Her novel, The Vanished Knight, is available on Amazon. Add it to your Goodreads shelf here. Her blog is http://sylmion.blogspot.com.

Melissa Maygrove blogs at http://melissamaygrove.blogspot.com. She always has some fun grammar tips (I know she writes them just for me!:) and features authors on her blog.

Dawn Brazil blogs over at http://dawnbrazil.blogspot.com. She writes young adult science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal. You should definitely check out her latest post: “Are you Sabotaging Yourself?” A must read!

Deanie Humphries-Dunne is a children’s author who blogs over at http://dhdunne.blogspot.com. Find our more about her books here.

Michelle Wallace blogs over at http://www.writer-in-transit.co.za. She always has something fun going on at her blog!

Tyrean Martinson is the author of Champion in the Darkness, a Christian Fantasy novel. Buy it here on Amazon or add it to your Goodreads shelf here. Tyrean blogs at http://tyreanswritingspot.blogspot.com.

Natasha Hanova writes YA paranormal. Her latest book is called Edge of Truth. You can buy it here on Amazon or add it to your Goodreads shelf here. She blogs over at natashahanova.com. 

J.L. Campbell is an author and blogger. Her latest novel is called Saving Sam. Buy it here on Amazon. You can add it to your Goodreads shelf here. She blogs over at http://www.joylcampbell.com.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Should Authors Write in More than one Genre?

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Lately I’ve been thinking about how to navigate writing in different genres. Everything I’ve read on the subject seems to indicate that, in terms of branding, authors should stick to one genre so that readers come to know what to expect (and so that you can focus on, and hopefully master, that genre). This seems true. When I think of Gillian Flynn I think of psychological thrillers. When I think of Stephen King I think of horror. When I think of Ernessa T. Carter, I think of light and entertaining chick lit. Then I think of myself. A newbie author who writes humorous fiction and speculative fiction (every time I tell people I write speculative fiction they go, “What’s that??? And scrunch up their noses). It’s an umbrella term for paranormal, horror, and the like. I like the term because it’s not so boxed in.

Now, don’t ask me why my two genres are light years apart. I guess all that R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike I read as a kid was working on one part of my brain while sitcoms like The Golden Girls were working on the other parts.  The novel I finished earlier this year was speculative fiction and the one I’m working on now is humorous fiction. Working in different genres actually gives me a change of pace that I enjoy, but now I have a dilemma; do I go forward, as “Quanie Miller” and write both genres? I’ve been building all of my social media profiles as Quanie. The thought of publishing under another name and building those profiles from scratch? Migraine. But (sigh), I think that’s what I’m going to have to do.

I read one article by an author who pretty much said that he publishes in multiple genres under one name because readers will decide, based on the book cover and blurb, if the novel is their cup of tea. He also mentioned that it was one of the perks of being an indie author (having that flexibility).

As writers and readers, what are your thoughts? Those of you who write in multiple genres; do you do it under different names or do you write everything under one name? And as readers; do you care if your favorite authors switch it up or have you come to expect a certain kind of novel from them based on what they’ve written previously? And if they write something outside of what you expect (and you don’t like it), how likely are you to read subsequent novels from them?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!