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Today we have Robert Bryndza joining us for a FANTASTIC guest post and giveaway!
How do authors choose the genre in which they write? Does the genre choose them? I ask this question because I never dreamed, as a guy I would end up writing Women’s Fiction – and I think it chose me.
As a writer, one of the most important factors in marketing your book and communicating to your readers, is genre. Say the name Stephen King and you know he writes horror, Stephenie Meyer; Vampires, JK Rowling; Children’s/Harry Potter. Although, her recent move to Literary Fiction with The Casual Vacancy left many fans in shock. Such was the power of the genre she inhabits that many readers were completely horrified it wasn’t another book about boy Wizards.
JK Rowling has told how she had the idea for Harry Potter on a train in 1990, that he arrived fully formed in her head, the genre it seems chose her. Did her frame of mind or surroundings influence her that
day? What if she had being doing tequila shots in a sleazy bar – could Harry Potter have been some flawed detective or Serial Killer?
The great thing about working on self-publishing platforms is that genre matters less, well less to readers than authors, we still need to make sure we market our work effectively and genre is a fundamental part of this, but more writers have the freedom to switch and experiment. The cost and time it takes to release a book has gone from months to hours, e-books are cheaper, shopping easier. These factors give both readers and authors more freedom to experiment. A virtual bookshelf will never be cleared if the novel fails to sell in that all-important first month. Books can be nurtured and grow their audience.
So how did I choose the genre I write in? Again, I think it chose me. I love to make people laugh, its one of the most potent and powerful things. The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard began from wanting
to make people laugh, and initially it had a male voice, the character that became Coco Pinchard’s husband Daniel. He remains a great character, but as I wrote I found that Coco seemed to be the one that
all the fun stuff was happening to, she was more wonderfully flawed, and prone to disaster. After several of my earlier readers agreed, I switched to Coco’s voice and The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard
Do I worry about writing in this genre dominated by so many brilliant female writers? Well, not now. In an early discussion with a Literary Agent, he told me that I should be prepared to change my name, and
consider using a female pen name. “People might not think a guy can write as a woman,” he said. I quickly realised that this is ridiculous. No one told Patricia Cornwell she couldn’t write crime thrillers because she’s never committed murder, or Stephenie Meyer because she’s never drunk blood. Silly examples I know but so is the argument. Nick Hornby is a British writer I greatly admire for his skills as a storyteller, two of his novels Juliet Naked and How To Be Good are written brilliantly from a female point of view.
Many things have excited me about the digital publishing revolution. The shift of a little more power to authors, the freedom to be paid higher royalties, the freedom to write what we want. The second book I
have recently released is Bitch Hollywood (co-written with Ján Bryndza) a dark comedy about life in the Hollywood Hills. My next book will be a sequel to The Not So Secret Emails, then I want to write a Thriller – a radical departure from what I’ve written before, and you know what, I can do it. I am excited to see what other writers will produce in the years to come, both well-known names from publishing houses, and best selling Indies. Exciting times are ahead for all of us.
The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard Amazon UK
The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard Amazon USA
Bitch Hollywood UK
Bitch Hollywood USA
Robert Bryndza is a British born author and playwrite, currently
living in Slovakia. He originally trained as an actor, but was bitten
by the writing bug when his play Branko & Branka: The Croatian Magic
Sensation was a hit at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival.
He was a finalist in the 2010 BBC Drama Writers Academy and has
published two novels, The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard and
Bitch Hollywood (co- written with Ján Bryndza). The latter was
inspired by the year Robert and Ján spent living and working in Los
Robert is currently working on a sequel to The Not So Secret Emails Of
Coco Pinchard. In his free time he’s learning to speak Slovak and
writes a blog about life in Slovakia. http://www.teambryndzabooks.com
He’s also about to get a new puppy – which seems more exciting than
Robert has been kind enough to offer up 1 kindle copy of The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard and 1 kindle copy of Bitch Hollywood. To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment telling me WHY you want to read these books and/or ask the author a question. This is MANDATORY! For an extra entry please like Robert’s facebook page. (Also, tell me if you have already read one of them)
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Ends: 11/19/2012 8 am CST
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What is your favorite book or series? I just asked this question on my facebook page and I sat down and really thought about it. I have decided that I cannot pick just one. Books are like friends. They are always there for you. Of course, you go back to the familiar ones and revisit them from time to time. There are books that you only read once and there are books you read dozens of times. I have so many books like that so I cannot say that I have a particular favorite. I loved the Harry Potter series. I have read it at least 3 times. I love Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series. I love Elle Casey’s War of the Fae series, though that is a recent love and I have only read it once so far. I love Robert McCammon’s Mine (standalone). I love Tate Hallaway’s Garnet Lacey series. I love Pittacus Lore’s The Lorien Legacies. I loved the Sookie Stackhouse books. I love Nora Roberts. Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series is another love. I love so many different genre’s and authors. I loved so many different series when I was a kid and a teenager. I love so many different series and books now as an adult. How do you choose your favorite when there are so many that give you comfort and take you away from every day life? I do not think it is possible if you crave books the way I do. I mean seriously, if you can say love so many different times to so many different things and mean it, you can’t choose which one you love above all else. How many of you are like this? If asked “What is your favorite book?”, can you come up with one right off the bat? Does it roll off of your tongue or does it seem impossible to answer a question like that? I want to hear your answer to this question…or your non-answer. Maybe we will all find new books to read and love. =)
If you have not read the Pitticus Lore books you should. I did not think they were going to be that great but I was shocked at just how much I loved them.
I will put a few links to some of the books I mentioned in case you want to check them out!
I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies)
The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies)
This one below is only available for pre-order. I already ordered mine =)
The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies)
The book below has been on my favorites list since I was a teenager. I have read it many, many times. They have It on ebook now but the cover on the real book was so cool.
The first Lacey Garnet book
The First Troubleshooters book (This series makes me cry over and over again! There are at least 17 of these books so far and they get better each book)
The Unsung Hero (Troubleshooter)
War of the Fae series book 1
The Changelings (War of the Fae: Book 1)
Rachel Morgan series book 1
Dead Witch Walking
Please comment below with your favorite books or your thoughts on the matter!