A Novel Idea


Drama! Genre!
I have always been a bit of a drama queen and a bossy mare. Who’d have thought those traits are extremely useful to me now. As a story writer, I can be as much as a drama queen as I like without upsetting anyone or having surreptitious eye rolling aimed at me. It’s fab and I am completely hooked. I am currently working with my editor and polishing my first crime novel - the first of a series with DCI Lane Rivers.

Some writer’s steer away from series writing and prefer to write stand-alone books. However, at this point in my career, I feel the need to stay with my characters, develop their relationships further and throw another problem at them to solve.  I am convinced that DCI Lane Rivers and her academic pal, Dr Evelyn Shakespeare, will aid in my progress as a writer and also entice my readers to jump on board and enjoy the journey with me.

Nevertheless, for my future writing career I don’t want to be restricted to writing one particular genre and have been greatly inspired by American author, David Baldacci. I remember a year ago picking up his newly published novel. I didn’t read the blurb. The author’s name was enough to entice me to buy it. But I was taken by surprise when I began to read it. I was looking out for my beloved John Puller or Will Robie characters and another thrilling story but it was a completely different genre. At first I was disappointed but as I read on, the writing was so compelling that I couldn’t put the book down. I was so impressed that I wrote to David and congratulated him on another un-put-down-able novel. He kindly wrote back and informed me that the novel in question, Wish You Well, was being made into a movie. How exciting!

There are quite a few authors who stretch their writing repertoire throughout their careers and do not feel the necessity to stick to one genre; although they are careful to retain their responsibility to their readers and tend to continue the regular genre writing alongside new projects. I believe that once a writer is able to write well, stretching the boundaries of genre ensures continuity of progress and ensures that complacency and repetition are avoided. 

(revised 31.08.16)



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