Friday 27 September 2013

Aurelia B Rowl talks genre jumping and Popping the Cherry....

Today Aurelia B. Rowl is taking over and giving us her take on genre-jumping as well as talking about her awesome latest release, Popping The Cherry! Be sure to enter into Aurelia's MASSIVE giveaway competition, you'd be a fool not to! 


As a writer, it’s not all that uncommon to be asked what which genre you write. A fairly straight-forward question, you’d think; be it romance, or thrillers, or crime, etc. Yet there are authors who like to write in multiple genres, with J. K. Rowling AKA Robert Galbraith immediately springing to mind, with first a children’s magical series, then a gritty tragicomedy (or whatever you want to call it), and then a crime novel.

I’m another writer that likes to experiment and try my hand at different things. If you were to ask me which genre I write in, I wouldn’t really be able to give you a direct answer. So far, I have had three stories published, but they are all in different genres with vastly different word counts.

Popping the Cherry is my first attempt at Young Adult fiction, a cross between chick-lit and romance, and it is my first full-length novel. Prior to that was For One Night Only, a short contemporary romance story with such a high heat level that I had to create the alter-ego of Allie A Burrow in order for it to be featured in the Serviced anthology. And let’s not forget the story that got me published in the first place, Christmas is Cancelled, my Christmas-themed contemporary romance novella.

All three of these stories are contemporary and they all have a strong romance element, and I’ve been told that there is also humour in my writing so maybe that makes me a contemporary romance author with rom-com tendencies? Ummm... what about the fantasy trilogy I have planned then? And the children’s adventure stories I want to write, and the paranormal stories I cannot wait to have a go at? At the moment, the only thing I really know for sure is that I don’t want to write crime novels, historical romances, nor horrors. Pretty much everything else is fair game if the right idea strikes and I believe I can do the story justice.

My immediate future sees me extending my current lines though, with book two in my Popping the Cherry series already underway, to be followed by book two in Christmas is Cancelled series, and I also want to get another contemporary romance as Allie A. Burrow out in the new year, either novella or full-length depending on how it goes. After that comes book 3 in both of my series which will take me well into the next year, when I will no doubt be chomping at the bit to return to some of the other half-completed manuscripts languishing on my hard drive, assuming I can leave them alone for that long. It’s very much a case of too many stories and not enough time!

Is genre-jumping a good thing or could it potentially be harming my author brand by spreading myself too thin? The honest answer is, I don’t know. It’s too early to tell right now, but I am already aware that I may need to put my children’s adventure series out under a different name—maybe even my real name—but it’s still so far down the pipeline that I’m not going to concern myself with it, especially as it may never happen.

How about you? Do you specialise in one genre, maybe even one sub-category of genre, or do you like to mix it up? Which genres are you most likely to have a go at, and on the flipside, which ones won’t you write? Would you perhaps like to write in other genres but worry about dilution of your brand? I’d love to hear your thoughts.


About Popping the Cherry....

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About Aurelia...

Aurelia B. Rowl lives on the edge of the Peak District with her very understanding husband, their two fantastic children, and their mad rescue mutt who doesn’t mind being used as a sounding post and source of inspiration. She regularly wows them all with her curious, hastily thrown together meals when she gets too caught up with her latest writing project... or five!... and she has developed the fine art of ignoring the housework.

Aurelia writes Young Adult/New Adult crossover fiction and contemporary romance. She is currently busy writing the standalone companion novels to both Popping the Cherry and Christmas is Cancelled.

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