Mixing it up!
It’s not really recommended to write in multiple genres. It’s hard enough as it is to nail down one specific genre. Each one has its own rules and elements that should be captured. But, there are some of us out there, in the writing world, who just can’t help ourselves. We have to play in everyone’s playground. Romance, Erotica, SciFi, Dystopian, Paranormal… the list goes on and on. They are just too much fun to play with.
Kinda reminds me of that old Reeses’ Peanut Butter Cups commercial “You got chocolate in my peanut butter… you got peanut butter in my chocolate…”
Various genres overlap so well. Why not have a little paranormal in your erotica? How about a little Dystopian in your SciFi? Or, better yet, throw as many as you can into one book. Paranormal Dystopian Romance with a hint of SciFi. If the characters participate maybe then a little Erotica can be squeezed in too.
Okay, that might be going a bit too far, but I do think that the various genres do overlap enough that in the course of a book it is easy to hit quite a few. Think about it. You start with paranormal creatures. They are over the age of 18. That places you into the adult paranormal category (or if you want to get trendy you can label it New Adult.). Add in a little romance and you’re now into New Adult Paranormal Romance. Switch it up by adding a little Mystery. Or you’re in the future and these paranormal creatures are in a super advanced society…SciFi! The possibilities are endless and in mixing up the genres you can really have fun with a story.
That’s where my latest book came from. I’m a fan of vampires and other paranormal creatures. I’m also a fan of Dystopian fiction. That sparked the idea of a post-apocalyptic world where vampires are not the predator, they are the prey and so are other supernatural creatures. That’s two genres down… I’ve got a few romantic elements in there as well. And it is so much fun to write.
Book 1 of three was just released: Dissension. It is getting wonderful reviews from readers, so I think the genre mashup idea is working. But, don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourself. Read a sample and then, if you like, use this Coupon Code: JQ75W and grab a copy, cheap!