Question for this month: What do you love about the genre you write in most often?
When I discovered writing as a girl, my first story I ever wrote was horror. Ever since then, I’ve mostly wrote horror stories, or dark fantasy, or dark poetry. Nothing truly had a happy ending.
Was this how I really felt about life in general?
Yeah, for a long time, I did.
But, there was always this other side of me that dared to hope, and dream, and wonder about the magical and beautiful aspects of life; and many times these involved this concept called…love.
I’ve always enjoyed reading both fantasy and horror books.
Romance novels? I devoured them. I never could get enough. It was a wonderful feeling when you get to the end of a book, and there’s a happy ending!
Real life doesn’t always have a happy ending. In fact, for many there’s only sadness and pain and emptiness. It’s nice to be able to open up a book and get lost in it, in another person’s life, and be able to feel what they feel, and experience what they experience, and leave your own unhappy reality behind for a while.
These are some of the reasons why I love the Romance genre. And why I’ve decided to write in this genre for my very first book.
What about you? Which genre do you enjoy most, and why?
Snow came way early this year in my neck of the woods (as shown above). In fact, here in North Dakota, we went directly from summer to winter. There was NO fall. According to the local weatherman, we’re to get an additional 3-6 inches of the white stuff between today and Sunday.
Originally, I’m a northern-climate gal having been born near the border of Quebec, and grew up in the Adirondacks so I’m no stranger to the cold and snow. However…I spent nearly 15 years in North Carolina before moving up here so my body is still trying to get re-acclimated to the changes.
I’ll get there eventually. 🙂
Whether it’s the sudden changes or getting older (I’ll take the former thank you very much), I’ve been slow getting started with NaNoWriMo this year.
Sitting at 500 words on day 3 kind of slow.
But, at the very least, it’s a start.
I will be working on two writing projects. One’s projected to be about 7,500 words while the other around 10,000 so most likely I won’t win this year. That’s okay just as long as I get the drafts of these two completed by November 30.
The 7,500-word novelette is inspired by the TV show, Deadly Women, I binge watched the past several months. It’ll be a slightly different genre than I’m used to writing, but so far, an enjoyable experience. I plan to post the synopsis later this month. My goal for this story is to hopefully either self-publish it, or place it on Channilo. In the past, majority of the stories I wrote have been horror and/or young-adult with sprinklings of science fiction and fantasy. This particular story is Suspense/Thriller with some Romance.
The second project is a serial fiction I started last year called, The Hidden Realm, which is a fantasy/horror story.
During this month, I plan to finish writing the second half of Part One. Writing serial fiction is tricky for multiple reasons; one being that it requires long-term commitment to post a new installment in a timely manner until either the story’s completed, or you give up on it. I’ve written several in the past, and gave up on them all mostly because I either got bored with it, or got stuck on the storyline. I hope by writing large blocks of the story in a short time and then posting them in small increments will enable me to actually finish this one.
I will post more on both stories throughout the month of November.
What about you? What are you working on this month?
(*YouTube Tuesday idea originally came from the Martians Attack blog)
I enjoy writing various genres and forms. Time and time again I keep going back to horror. Not sure if it’s because I have a knack for it or because I actually enjoy making people cringe. I saw a picture of two girls playing in the woods and thought of this particular one-line story which I then used to create this video.
If you’d like to participate in YouTube Tuesday, post something from YouTube that you enjoyed and tell us a bit about it. Don’t forget to include the link to this post in yours so I can check it out. Also, if you’re on Twitter, Tweet about it using the hashtag #YouTubeTuesday.
For this month’s IWSG Blog Hop, my question is this: As a writer, should I settle with a “niche”?
I discovered writing by “accident” at the age of eleven, and been writing on and off ever since. In 2007, my first (short) story was published. Now that I’m a full-time homemaker, I write almost every day.
Yet, I haven’t decided which form or genre or niche to settle on.
I’ve dabbled in poetry, screenwriting, essays, journaling/memoir, serial fiction, flash and short stories and have written in almost every genre (except for historical fiction).
What’s my problem?
I enjoy writing all of them.
I’ve been told that I should write whatever my heart and soul desire.
So, why am I so conflicted?
Although I have published many forms of writing but they’ve all been “short” (meaning under 10,000 words), I still have hope to publish a novel one day and that’s my dilemma.
If I write and publish a book in a particular genre, does that mean I’m stuck with that genre in the foreseeable future? Or, can I jump around from one genre to another? My main concern is confusing my readers especially if they enjoy reading only that particular genre and not the others.
Or, perhaps I’m making a huge mountain out of a molehill?
I’m so excited to have a very special guest here with us today: Alison Morton who is the author to the alternative history series called Roma Nova. Be sure to check out her sites below!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’ve been fascinated by the Romans since I was 11 and that’s a while ago! In between normal life events – earlier career in various sectors, marriage, raising our son, running my own business – I spent many of my vacations clambering over Roman Europe.
These days I live in France with my husband, write thrillers, cultivate a Roman herb garden and drink wine.
What aspects of your life led you to writing the kind of books you write?
I have a masters’ in history, six years’ military service and I love a good thriller. And I’ve always believed that a woman could run things as well as any man.
After the novel writing bug was triggered by a terrible film, all these came together and resulted in the Roma Nova thriller series.
What’s your favorite part about being a writer?
Two things: firstly, the research and the way you become diverted into looking up stuff totally unrelated to your work in progress and secondly, receiving an email or review from a reader who totally gets what you are trying to say in your books.
Tell us more about your books.
They’re adventure thrillers set in a modern Roman society run by strong women (Roma Nova). Of course, our heroines are fallible and of course they have strong love interests, but it’s the women who lead the action and call the shots. While the books are thrillers, there are no dripping body parts.
The first one, INCEPTIO, starts in New York when an ordinary girl, Karen Brown, is hunted by a government enforcer. But in steps an attractive Roma Novan spy who helps her escape. But Karen finds it isn’t just gratitude she feels towards him.
She discovers her Roma Nova heritage and her true name. Her new life in Roma Nova is shattered a few months later when the government enforcer crosses the Atlantic and comes after her. He has a very personal reason to pursue her …
What are you currently working on?
I’ve just sent the sixth book in the series to the copy editor and that will be out this April. Now I’m developing a novella, also set in Roma Nova.
How do you get into the minds of your characters?
I close my eyes and let them have conversations with each other. And sometimes I let them run around in my head acting out scenes. It’s important to establish each character’s separate personality from the start. Many people find it helpful to write out character profiles. Stories, whatever their setting and purpose, are all about people in the end.
What’s your favorite traveling destination? Any place you haven’t visited and would love to?
Rome is my absolute favourite – impressive in so many ways.
In 2015, we visited the US and Canada for seven weeks seeing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Washington DC, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Beverly Hills, New York, Chicago, Niagara Falls, Quebec and a lot else! Last year I did ten trips to the UK to speak at events as well as two here in France. In March I’m off to the London Book Fair and then to Dublin, Ireland to speak in June. That’s plenty of travel at present!
What do you see in the future for women in general?
I think we’ll keep nudging towards a more egalitarian world, but there’s a long way to go. We must continue to stand up for a truly equal place in the world and chisel away at ingrained and subconscious acceptance of stereotypes that surround us.
Any additional comments or advice you’d like to add for our readers?
If you’re a writer keep writing and be persistent. Make your work the best it can be – no compromise! If you’re a reader, the best thing you can do when you read a wonderful book is to leave a review.
Social media links
Connect with Alison on her Roma Nova site
Facebook author page
Alison’s Amazon page