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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I Feel Like I'm on a Merry-Go-Round of Writers

Most writers find their niche and stick to it, growing a following and improving their skills. I mean, can you imagine Agatha Christie writing paranormal romance?

Some write 2 sub-genres, say contemporary and romantic suspense. Then there are a few--like me--who have no clue what they want to write when they grow up. My writing career, short though it's been, has been on a revolving wheel of "gee, what do I wanna write next?" Now that I'll soon be writing exclusively for Random House Loveswept, I'm being told what to write or given a choice between what's hot on the market.

My first book was a contemporary Western. Then I wrote two historical
Westerns followed by two more contemporary Westerns. Some were books and some, novellas. I wrote a 3-book romantic suspense series set in Paris. Following that was a 3-book bear-shifting contemporary series set in the Scottish Highlands. Intermixed with the bears was a 3-book series of firefighters in Florida. Now, my editor wants a series of ex-SEALS with physical and emotional wounds, finding healing on a ranch.

How am I going to develop a following when I keep hopping from one type of story to another? Readers won't be able to say I love the suspense stories or the Westerns written by Vonnie Davis, because I'll have no niche. Look for me on the merry-go-round of writers. Mainly under the section marked "spiced with humor." Now, there's my niche.

7 comments:

  1. Vonnie, I feel your pain having bounced from historical western romance to contemporary western romance, to historical paranormal romance(Native American) to action adventure/romantic suspense to mystery. But I've decided to settle into mystery and historical western romance. For now. Until I see another squirrel and decide I need to write that book. :) Congrats on the deal with Random House.

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    1. I think I have a bit of ADD. I need to jump from one type of story to another. I enjoy the change. I get distracted easily....oh, look, a butterfly!

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  2. I'm right there with you! I write humorous romance in multiple genres. So far I've written fantasy romance, contemporary romance, paranormal romance - and one short story that defies categorization. I also have some sci-fi romance waiting in the wings. *sigh*

    I don't know if I'll ever have a following but for now I'm going to go where the stories take me and enjoy the ride!

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    1. I can't say I have a huge following either. I just enjoy what I write, although the bigger publishers often tell you what to write or give you a choice between the topics that are hot or are starting to take off..

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  3. Congratulations on your association with Random House. Whatever you write will be fabulous!

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    1. Thanks, Angela. Random House has treated me well with the Scottish bear-shifter series.

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  4. Congrats, Vonnie. Whatever you're doing is working for you so don't change it!

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