07-21-18 Patricia Sargeant

Thursday, September 1, 2011

I’ve Been Caught Cheating!

By Amber Scott © 2011

I’ve tried to hide it. To deny it. I kept up an alternate identity to keep my secret from the reading world. I even tried really, really hard to stop. Six months ago I finally gave up. I came out as a I’m a genre jumper. 

Yep. I write in more than one genre.

Moreover, I have not one, but three different paranormal worlds going, each with its own set of rules. I’ve given up trying to pick just one.

I just can’t!

I love them all too, too much.  I love the blood addicted vampires and winged seekers in “Fierce Dawn” just as much as the medieval Ireland Druid magic and evil fae of “Irish Moon.” Then there’s my Stupid Cupid series begun with “Play Fling” which tracks the lessons of a seriously challenged matchmaker. What magic
I’m loving most depends on where my muse has taken me.

I know what you’re thinking-- Uh-oh. That’s a no-no, right? Or, man, this chick gets around, right?

Yeah. Have I mentioned all the stand alone contemporaries in there, too? Eek! I do. I get around.

In the beginning of my career, I read a book by a famous agent who advised against indulging one’s muse by writing in more than one genre until a career has been established. The rule was, pick one and stick it out for five to ten books.

I tried to. I really did. But my muse just wouldn’t work that way. Ignoring the itch of adventuring into a new world stemmed my creativity and my progress. I tried separating out my paranormals under a different pen name at first. But then my paranormal worlds themselves differed drastically, too. It came down to either splitting off into yet another personality or going the therapeutic route.

I decided to simply write all my sub-genres under one name.

The truth is I don’t know if readers will mind. I do know that it feels right. I know that my books have a common theme no matter what magical or modern setting they arise from. Love can transform you. In each book, I get to see just how much.

As a reader, I love variety. I love my Shiver wolves as much as my Eclipse wolves. I love my regencies as much as my highlanders. I love my aliens right alongside my comic heroines. It never feels like infidelity.
I’m happy to say, writing ‘around’ no longer does, either. Yes, I’m easy. But I promise you this: No matter where I take you, it will be one hot, addictive adventure.

In fact, this weekend, all of my titles are in the IBC’s Indie Book Blowout promotion priced at just 99 cents for your buying pleasure. Over 100 titles are on sales. All genres! A Kindle & $100 in gift card giveaways, too.


Anonymous said...

Yay! I'm so happy to hear that I'm not the only one who reads and writes across multiple genre.
I really love the way you made it sound just a little naughty. lol

I'm off to hunt up a bargain with your name on it!

Laurel N.

Judith Ashley said...

Hi Amber,

I think you make a good case for writing under one name - then your readers always know where to find you and just might take a chance reading something different because it's by you.