As many of you know, I write in three genres, although two are somewhat (though less than you’d think) similar. They are Pride and Prejudice Variations, Regency Romance (American style), and Epic Fantasy.
What I love about the work I do with Renata is the pleasant familiarity. The feeling of friendship inherent in creating each story. With each one, we get to say, “Hello, Mr. Darcy. Hello, Elizabeth. Let’s see what you two and your cohorts are up to this time.” There is an ease, a happiness and something of a sense of comfort in our work, like drinking your favorite cup of tea with your favorite cookies.
Fantasy books, on the other hand, offer absolute freedom. More than that, they require considerable world building. The author is responsible for understanding the entirety of the universe and every place and being within. How they all came to be. Who and what they are. Where they’re going. The world is a character, perhaps the most important one, and in Epic Fantasy, the world is at stake. Writing Epic Fantasy is challenging and thrilling.
Regency Romance falls in the middle. Within reason, Regency Romance can be filled with daring deeds. Duels, holding up carriages, dashing here and there, which is one of the most fun components of fantasy. Not as much in the way of world building, though definitely some, and plenty of plot building. It’s a nice compromise between the other two genres.
What always confuses me, is how little carry over there is between the genres. With three separate mailing lists, it’s very obvious how few of my readers from each genre delve into the other two. I love all three. Why doesn’t everyone? Is it possible to truly love more than one genre?
So I ask you, what genres do you love? Do you follow the author, or the genre?