We have the official release date of my next book within sight! Without giving too much away, it’s a little different to my last few releases.
I’m often asked by people that I meet (when I mention that I also write books) what genre I write in. As time goes on, I’ve been finding it a little more difficult to answer this question without going off on a tangent to explain what I do and why I do it. I’ve also been told countless times by well-meaning people, including my mother, that I need to pick one genre and stick to it.
It’s true that the big names stick to the formula that sells. James Patterson, Lee Child, Lesley Pearse, Cecilia Ahern, you pick up a book from one of these authors and you know what you’re getting. It’s also true that these books are a very substantial income to them. Their publishers spend tens-of-thousands on marketing; therefore, they have every reason to want to mitigate their risks.
For me, on the other hand, I’m still just a fresh-out-of-the-box independent author, who loves reading and is absolutely loving writing stories for you all. I’ve been in a position where a job that I’ve very much enjoyed has become an absolute chore, and I can honestly say that I never want that to happen with writing, which is why I have happily accepted the risk that I am taking by veering a little off-course from the initial brand of “chick lit with a kick” that I started on when I released Butterflies in 2018.
Butterflies, New Rules and Coming Back To You are all variations of happy-ever-after chick-lit. Work-Life Balance struggles- check. Parent guilt- check. Romance- check. Self-discovery- check. Perfect weekend reading after a heavy week in work!
Summer Down South, on the other hand, is a racy, steamy romance based in the USA. It is also, very likely, a one-off. I had so much fun writing it, but it’s very, very different to my other books. Consider that a snack of a book if you will for devouring on a sun lounger poolside. Preferably with a cocktail in hand.
The Village Online is a cosy murder mystery, and then there’s Project Terra, a dystopian, action-packed adventure.
I wanted to write each of these stories, so I did. And once they were finished, it just seemed a waste to keep them to myself just to keep my books “on brand”. I know that most readers, both voracious and occasional, don’t just read one type of book. I will happily devour chick-lit, historical fiction, thriller, crime…Books are food for the soul, and just like food, sometimes you want the fanciest cuisine and sometimes you want a takeaway pizza.
I have the utmost faith that my readers are capable of reading the blurb and looking at the cover to decide whether the book is going to be for them, and I’m so excited to be sharing the next book with you, even if it is a little different!
Watch this space for the cover and blurb reveal shortly!