Saturday 5 November 2016

Pseudonyms and Genres

Sometimes I wish I could stick with writing one genre, and under only one name. However, I'm passionate about the Great War and stories, both heartbreaking and uplifting, from that era, so feel compelled to write historical romances where I can lose myself in the lives of my characters - like Broken Faces, written in my own name, Deborah Carr.

That said, I also enjoy writing contemporary romances, under the pseudonym, Georgina Troy. With both, I love pitching heroes and heroines against each other, coming up with conflicts to make them work hard to eventually have the life they want for themselves, and that I hope will also appeal to the reader. 

Deciding where to set scenes either here in Jersey or in the other location that I've chosen for that particular book is always fun, too, as well as coming up with careers for my hero and heroine that are different and interesting to research for the Jersey Scene books.

Writing a contemporary romance as opposed to an historical novel is quicker for me because I need far less time to research the details I wish to include in the book. Again, though I love the research I've carried out for Broken Faces - how lives were changed dramatically for those young people caught up in the fighting and saving of those around them and the medical advances brought about by enterprising surgeons who wanted to give those with serious facial injuries a chance to move on to a future where they could mix with others without being stared at our feared. Now it's back to the Edwardian era for me as I work on the first draft for the prequel, Beautiful Faces.

Much research can be done online of course, but I also like finding old books in charity sales that I wouldn't otherwise be able to buy that might tell me more about the Edwardian times, for example, or people's thinking about various ways of life. 

I've also written a YA novel, that will probably never see publication and two psychological thrillers that I'm hoping will be published at some point soon. 

Maybe one day I'll stick to writing in only one genre, but I doubt it. After all, I love reading different genre so why not enjoy writing in them too? How about you?


Patsy said...

I like reading and writing in different genres too. Can't think of a good reason for anyone to stick with just one unless that's actually what they prefer to do.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

Me neither, Patsy!

Melissa Amateis said...

I have a novel set in present-day England that I just love - and a part of me would like to write a whole series of them (Americans moving to England); but my pull to the past is very strong, too. So I'm like you! I want to write both! Now if I could just get rid of the full-time job, I might have time!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I'm exactly the same, Debs - even down to writing for younger children, plus shorts stories, articles and poems! Think it keeps our writing fresh and more interesting for us.

Deborah Carr said...

Melissa, I dream about being able to write full time..., Debs.

Deborah Carr said...

I think you're right, Rosemary! We're interested in reading in different genres, so why not write in them too!

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