Crossing the Genre Divide

My experience of life is that it is not divided up into genres; it’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you’re lucky. —Alan Moore

I have a confession to make. I’m a cross-genre writer.

Yes, I know, I should stick to science fiction. But then my characters went and fell in love. Okay, but then the two characters turned out to be men. So right there, my next novella, THE BREAK-IN is Science Fiction LGBT Romance. Three genres for the price of one.

Okay, let’s try a nice contemporary romance. It has a straight couple–that’s what my family’s expecting. Ooops! A zombie just snuck in. Now it’s a Paranormal Romance with a dash of dystopia. This is my short short story NIGHT OF THE LIVING DATE which is available for free on this website.

Let’s try one more time. A mystery sounds good. Throw in one character who’s a horror television host and his significant other who’s a drag performer and top it off with the mystery of a stolen car. Hmmm, that sounds like a Mystery LGBT Romance with possible comedic overtones. Well, that story is LAWRENCE FRIGHTENGALE INVESTIGATES.

So you see, I can’t help myself.

There’s just too much story for one genre. Kind of like life. My life has had moments of comedy and tragedy, adventure and stillness, romance and desolation. I’d hate to have to live my life in just one genre. So I guess that’s why I don’t restrict my characters’ lives either.

And I think they’re happier that way.


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