By Paty Jager
I’m embarking on a new writing adventure this year. I’m starting two new series; one is a contemporary action/adventure with romantic elements and one is a contemporary mystery.
This leap into genres I’ve yet to write and hoping my readers will follow me has me a bit anxious. But these are stories and characters that are calling to me much stronger than any historical westerns. I believe to write a good book you have to be fully invested in it and that’s why I follow the path my muse takes me whether it’s historical, contemporary, western, or Native American.
The one thing I do stay true to is there is either a western or Native American element in the series. The action/adventure has a heroine who is an anthropologist that specializes in studying Native Americans. And the mystery will have a Native American woman who grew up on a cattle ranch that is the amateur sleuth.
I’m hoping that by staying true to my original promise to my readers of a western or Native American influence in the stories they will find these new ventures just as fun to read. The other reoccurring theme in my stories is justice. Mysteries always have a satisfying ending, in that justice does prevail and the action/adventure will also bring about justice.
This leap into new genres is expanding my research, my writing skills, and making me have to do something I’ve not done before while writing a book- Plotting. Writing a mystery requires more attention to details that need to be masked so the reader after they finish the book can say, “Oh yeah, I should have seen that.” So these new genres are expanding me as a writer and I’m looking forward to the challenge.
Have you decided to take a leap this year? If so, what is it?