First, I want to thank Christina for inviting me to write a post for her blog. I hope she didn’t hear or see me laugh maniacally while rubbing my hands together.
Second, I’d like to ask you, the reader, a question…
Have you ever asked an author what genre they write? I’m going to take a wild guess and say yes. Have you ever looked at them oddly when they spit and sputter, trying to explain what genre?
This is my life.
I’ve always had issues finding where my books fall, genre-wise. My series, Shattered Lives, was difficult to place. When readers asked what genre it was, I couldn’t figure out what to say. After Broken Dreams had been out nearly a year, I went with post-apocalyptic with a paranormal twist. It seemed fitting. Originally, I marketed it as paranormal romance, but that didn’t stick due to the lack of…romance, I guess. They are in survival mode. Who has time, or resources, to light candles and put on some Barry White?
I used to try to keep the presence of zombies…or undeads, as my characters call them…in Shattered Lives in the background. I didn’t want my books to be stereotyped for one main reason: Shattered Lives is not about the zombies. It’s about relationships, overcoming real-life relationship situations, and moving forward. Take out zombie and insert…a man eating cheeseburger that lures you in with its delicious cheesy aroma, all while leaving a trail of floppy pickles behind. I find this utterly terrifying due to the fact that I am an unapologetic cheeseburger junkie.
All silliness aside, I like to change people’s minds. I like knowing they walked in blindly and came out with a new perspective. Many have, and that brings me to a level of happiness with my writing I never thought I could obtain. I suppose some would look at it as deceptive, but I see it as a surprise plotline. I love a good plot twist. I want to be kept guessing and yelling, “What the ^@#* just happened?!”
Am I the only one?
As of June 7th, I published my sixth novel. While still working on Shattered Lives, The King’s Fate (Corvidae Guard #1) is an entirely new series and genre for me. I did it again, folks. I found it difficult to place. I started off thinking it would be a true paranormal romance, but was left with something along the lines of dark fantasy/dark fairy-tale/paranormal/paranormal romance… This could take all day. Due to the presence of Fae, Angels, and Vampires, The King’s Fate is more grounded in the fantasy genre than anything else.
I think I will always wonder where my books and I fit into the writing world. I’m not one for being boxed in, nor do I like someone pointing a finger at me, telling me what kind of writer I am. As I continue on this path, the forks are aplenty! My writing and I are always evolving, never fitting into the popular scene, but keeping true to myself. There are a lot of authors who write what’s popular to get on that wagon. That’s great for them, but for me? It’s not likely to happen. It’s not that I’m being unconventional. It’s just who I am. Unless I’m driving the bandwagon, I’m not going to hop on it.
That is how I came up with the #BeDifferentReadDifferent tag. It encompasses me and my writing. Does it bother me that I can’t seem to place my finger on the right buttons? Yeah, sometimes, but then it reminds me of who I am as an individual. I am unique and I see my writing in a similar manner.
While still edging on being an amateur, I feel like I’m transitioning. Not only with my writing, but myself, as well. I’m not quite there yet, but much farther than I have ever been. My writing has changed tremendously since I first decided to put pen to paper. I started as one of those readers who say, “How hard could it possibly be to write a novel?” I was wrong…so very, very wrong. I am thankful to all the individuals (special shout-out to the Dragon Mamas) who have helped me get my name out there, who have helped me develop into the author I am today. I’ve learned so much, and I plan to continue to grow.
I want to keep learning, keep transitioning, keep writing books outside the norm. I feel as if I can keep digging, I will make it to the other side. I hope to see you there.
Rissa Blakeley is the author of the paranormal series, Corvidae Guard, and the post-apocalypse saga, Shattered Lives, which features a paranormal twist. Her short story, A Little Taste of Naughty, was part of the best-selling anthology, Just Desserts.
A native New Yorker, Rissa is now a Georgia transplant, who is completely addicted to black coffee, La Croix and obsessively listens to songs on repeat. Her days are full of characters screaming for more scenes, cats living up to their Harry Potter namesakes, a lazy dog, a teenage daughter bringing Emo back, and a Viking husband, who finds her puns less than funny. When Rissa isn’t writing, she can be found procrastinating on social media.
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The Shattered Lives series is available worldwide on paperback, Kindle, and Kindle Unlimited.
Amazon page link: http://www.amazon.com/Rissa-Blakeley/e/B00K042WWU
The King’s Fate is available worldwide on Kindle. More platforms and paperback coming soon!
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