Friday, February 14, 2014

Hopping Genres

Why would a writer want to change genres? Well, I have some thoughts on that. Sometimes we write so many of the same thing that we decide to try our talents at something different. It certainly does prevent boredom.

I went from traditional short contemporary romances to longer contemporaries, to historical romance to Westerns to Western thrillers. Why would anyone want to hop genres like that. Boredom maybe? Curiosity too!

I think as writers we all like to spread our wings every now and then and see if another genre is more our speed. Whether we sell or not isn't important (well not the most important thing). To attempt something new is always exciting, and sometimes surprises our readers with better reads.

I for one will always write short contemporary romances, but I will also delve into historical when the need calls for it. And I love the westerns so it is like a natural for me. I was one of those kids who watched faithfully so many years ago when the Western was The thing to watch, Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, Cheyenne, Big Valley, High Chaparral. It seemed natural to try a western and I loved it, I felt so at home with the western.

But I do know that my biggest audience lies with the short Contemporary romance. And at times I love going back to it. I'm just one of those crazy writers who likes to explore. It's like growing. And the series romances are something I tend to find easy and comfortable.

Every writer is different, but I enjoy trying it and measuring my success with it. I think most writers do this every now and then.

From Chief Cook and Bottle Washer to Always Remember, to Good Day for a Hanging. It's fun to explore our talents.

I hope you find something you like of mine to read. And I hope I never bore you!

Rita Hestand


Tina Donahue said...

What great covers, Rita. I really like the scarecrow one. :)

Redameter said...

Good Day for a Hanging is the second in my Western Serial Killer series. This series brings many different colors of crime and why the twisted and tortured minds do what they do.

I'm writing Bad Day for a Killing now, so this one picks up where Good Day for a Hanging leaves off.

I have no idea how this series is going to do, but it is a completely different direction than my contemporary romances.

While I'm at it, Happy Valentine's Day. Hope all you ladies out there enjoy this day, and maybe even some of the men, too!

jean hart stewart said...

Love those covers! I personally think changing genres is very good for your creative side, And a Happy Valentine's day to you too.