No, I am not talking about the end of the world and for all my fellow world citizens who are in Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene's path, I hope you stay safe and take care of yourselves. Evacuate if you are told to and remember everything can be replaced except family and friends.
Unfortunately (or fortunately) for me, I am nearing the end of my writing odyssey. As The Vamp Saga is a series, I am just saying goodbye to my cast of characters for a while. I have other irons in the fire after all that need tending to desperately.
I have decided (and will have to update all my pages and bio) to release the first part of Murder, Inc: The Pop Star Series in December, just after I have released Death Wish: Book I from The Vamp Saga and will be in the process of finishing TBP series with the last ebook from that saga, The Beautiful People: Part Two, which will encompass books five through eight for those readers who aren't fond of novella length.
What am I doing, you ask? Well, I'm releasing books because that is what I want to do and it is how I plan to earn a living. The more work I have out, the more my (potential) audience can get the feel for my writing style. There are some who will never get into the pop culture/entertainment novel series I put out and there are some who will never really care for the vampire series (being all vamped out/paranormaled out... did I just make up a new word?).
I can tell you right now I will never be releasing a thriller as I am not skilled in that area and there are plenty of gifted thriller writers out there so the genre won't be missing me. I write what I know and love best: pop culture and paranormal and even take a brief foray into erotic-literature when DeGeneration: Part I is released Summer of 2012. I say erotic-literature because there is plenty of explicit sex in the book but it is also a love story of great magnitude; a novel about possession, obsession, money, class, and a generation that is lost in its own degeneracy ... Generation X, my generation and a situation I can write about only too well.
I suppose some of my work could backfire and potential customers might be "put off" because the same author they like also has an erotic-literature series. The people who like the erotic-literature series might think a lot of my other work is too dry. What none of my work is missing, fortunately, is angst. I love it, thrive on it and think it is a great way to tell a story and get people emotionally invested and involved.
I have started a "Question of the Blog Day" because I genuinely want to interact with the people who follow my blog or just pop in and out to see what I am prattling on about now. If you can, please leave feedback as I do value it and find it helpful.
Question of the Blog Day: Do you think an indie-writer should stick to one genre or is it okay for us to "pull a James Patterson" (that is jump around and write all sorts of genres)? Why do you feel the way you do?
What I have been reading: The Queen Bee of Bridgeton by Leslie DuBois, a cute story about a black girl from the wrong side of town who wants to be a ballerina and the popular white basketball player who is in love with her. Did I mention she goes to an exclusive school and so does not fit in? It's syrupy, adorable and more than what I hoped for in the YA genre.
In The Shadow of The Moonlight: The Awakening by J.J. Bidell, a paranormal YA novel about a young woman who gets accepted to study abroad at a university in Maine but there's just one little secret she can't tell anyone: she's a cat person (were-panther for True Blood fans). I'm not finished so I will be leaving a review but all I can say is wow. The plot is intriguing and the research involved is amazing and detailed. Did I mention it was translated from German to English?
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/queen-bee-of-bridgeton-leslie-dubois/1101008319
Added to my TBR List: