Writing Advice that Resonates

“If you’ve written things that you’ve written the hell out of and you got the best cover you can, the best blurb you can and you’ve done the best promotion you can afford to do and it’s still not working for you, you should… (well, what I did… let me tell you what I did)…  you change genres… It might just be that your writing style and your way of thinking doesn’t go with the genre that you read.”

-CD Reiss, New York Times Bestselling author, Romance Between the Pages, May 5, 2017

I have a confession: I may have a girl crush on CD Reiss. She says things like they are and as an author, I totally appreciate that. Most of all, she said something (the above quote) that totally made sense when, in an author group, people were saying that authors normally (or should, I can’t remember now) write what they read.

Um, I disagree, I wrote. If given a choice to pick out what I want to read off the shelves, I’ll pick everything BUT romance. That is (with the exception of Dusan Susnjar on the cover of Stuck-Up Suit) until someone loaned me her copy of Marriage Games a few months ago.

Lucky for me, I didn’t have to go through having to write, publish and promote paranormal romance (which filled up the manuscripts in my old hard drive from 20 years ago because I was determined to write about demons and vampires who walked during the day) because, by the time I’d hit 10K words, I’d lose steam and never finish it. Who knew that even though I read thrillers, some fantasy and gritty fare like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, when I write, my style is all romance? It totally makes sense, at least, in my case. It’s my writing style and my way of thinking.

And I love her choice of her all-time favorite character (you’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out who!) because of how she wrote him. It’s exactly how and why I write Ashe Hunter–for me–and why, when Gareth’s book comes out next year, all the covers in the series will change. This time, no more recognizable faces.

That’s only for Dax Drexel…

Edited to add: That quote has been trimmed from the original and I’ve updated it. It also has to be taken in the context of the podcast where CD says she was writing a different genre before she finally found the one (romance) that worked for her.

6 thoughts on “Writing Advice that Resonates

  1. I don’t agree with that quote. Just because one book doesn’t do well doesn’t mean another book written in the same genre won’t. Maybe after three stories, if the writer doesn’t succeed, then it’s time to move on.

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    1. I had to condense the quote and remove the part where she says, “what worked for me…” but CD wrote sci-fi books first before she moved to romance. I think she’s just generalizing it with one book but the quote should be taken within the context of the podcast itself. It’s difficult to quote an entire podcast especially when the hosts kept interrupting.

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    1. You should! I’d definitely read it!

      I read thrillers, too, and literary fiction and right now I’m finishing up The Martian which I have on paperback (a rarity these days) but when the lights go out, I find myself reading CD Reiss on my iPhone.

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  2. I guess I agree and disagree? I write in the same genres as what I read, sci fi and fantasy, but I don’t write the same types of stories. A lot of the scifi/fantasy genre (especially the urban fantasy) has been overtaken by mysteries. I can’t write a mystery to save my life. I write adventures, like, Star Wars X-Wing style.

    But finding books in my genre that are adventures I find they end up being heavily politics focused (shudders) or have absolutely no character development. (Science fiction isn’t really meant for 80,000 words) or the premise they give me on the back ends up being exactly opposite to what is inside the book.

    But yes, finding where your style fits is important!

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