Sunday, October 18, 2009

Getting to Know You: What do you write?



I thought it might be fun to get to know you all a little better this week. So everyday I will tell you a little about myself and then ask for you to do the same. And I'll share some fall pictures, because some of you live in places where leaves don't change colors-- places that I will be incredibly jealous of come December. :)

I have written two books. The first was a fantasy for young adults--the result rests in a desk drawer, never to see the light of day again. The second, the book that my agent read and loved, is middle grade set in the real world (no vampires, fairies or wizards-- just regular kids).

I have ideas for stories in many different genres including, women's fiction, dystopian YA, YA and middle grade fantasy, picture books, and plain old middle grade.

I'm feeling like middle grade is the place for me right now because no matter how hard I try, my voice comes out eleven-years-old. So for now I think I am going to stick with middle grade, though I might try out YA again in a few years.

So my questions for you today are: What genre do you write? Have you written books, or do you have ideas, in other genres?

33 comments:

Holly Rutchik said...

fun! I want to play - wonderful idea!

Ok, my name is Holly and I write non-fiction. Right now I write personal essays, but I am just starting to get the bug that I many want to try my hand at fiction. Hmmmm!

I love this idea and will be back throughout the week:)

Erica said...

Great post! Great idea Natalie--

I also live in an area where the leaves change colors. In fact, it seems that Fall will be short this year as it is getting very cold a lot earlier... *sigh*

I started writing in the mystery genre. I liked it, but I loved reading Paranormal YA. So my current WIP is a Paranormal thriller, not YA, but just as fun.

As for NaNo this year- I decided this was the time to try out Paranormal/Mystery YA and see if I can hang. No vampires, faeries or wizards in mine either, just one soul stuck in Purgatory.

Love the pic. The colors have began to change here too :) So beautiful.

Stephanie Thornton said...

I just discovered your blog and will be back! I'm also jealous that your fall colors are still around- I'm in Alaska so mine are long gone.

I write historical fiction with one WIP being revised and another story begging to be written. I'd like to try my hand at literary fiction one of these days. I'd love to use modern metaphors, but that just doesn't fit in ancient Egypt!

L. T. Host said...

I have two finished books, one edited and on submission, the other I just finished the first draft of about five minutes ago.

The first is commercial fantasy, about the elements and the gods.

The second, I don't know what genre it is! That's what I'm going to have to figure out next. It's about racial issues, and a stereotypical Southern racist town, and vengeance and doing the right thing. Iunno. I guess my query is going to have to help me out here.

Steph Bowe said...

I write contemporary YA romance that's a funny sort of sad-happy.

I've written three novels (the first two of which will never see the light of day), working on a fourth, and I just signed with lit agent Ginger Clark at Curtsis Brown which I am very happy about.

And it's Spring here in Australia!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I finished one YA fantasy but am still rewriting it. Have another YA fantasy on a backburner, as well as an adult fantasy. I also wrote a picture book and several shorter pieces--all need polishing. I've written haiku and non-fiction articles, as well. I just like to write.

Kristi Faith said...

I have written three children's books that I'm not doing anything with right now...

I'm working on my first novel, second and third and fourth.... LOL I have so many WIP's because I have to write a page or two as soon as an idea hits me in the head.

Currently-fiction that is geared towards adult, one of my WIP is young adult, one is mid grade and the other a mystery.

I don't know what genre my work would be-not really chick lit, but I guess what people would call 'contemporary fiction' ??

Great idea!!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I've been writing for eleven years and have eleven manuscripts to my name, seven picture books and four mid-grade/YA novels.

Keep those pictures coming!

MattDel said...

Oh Fall ... how I love thee. Except New England's moving swiftly into winter with nary a pause from summer, unfortunately.

It should be no surprise to anyone (read: Natalie, Stephanie, and Tricia) that I write steampunk with a fantasy bent, though I have attempted traditional fantasy in the past.

I currently have two traditional fantasy MSs done and am halfway through my initial foray into steampunkery. I find that my voice comes out best with college-age/highly educated characters, so adult fiction (not that kind of adult) is where I'm staying.

MattDel said...

Oh, and I forgot my pal L.T. in that list of people that my comment won't surprise. Whoops.

CKHB said...

I have written one book that I would define as "smart chick lit." I think the next one is going to fit in the same genre.

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

I'm a women's fiction writer through and through. I wrote half of a non-fiction. I also write short stories, articles and anything else that will keep me in the game.
~ Wendy

MeganRebekah said...

Beautiful picture! Keep 'em coming. And I'll do the same, and send pictures of us in shorts and tank tops at Christmas (okay sometimes it is cold in FL, but last Christmas was in the 70s).

I am still working on book one. But I restarted it twice since I began, so it feels a little like book three!

Marybeth Poppins said...

I just came to the realization last week that my novel was paranormal. It was a bit of a shock, but I'm ok with it :)

I also realized that the second novel I am working on is Middle Grade Sci Fi. I never considered myself a Sci Fi chick...but there's not much I can do about that now.

And the third novel I have started is I suppose Chick Lit? It was meant to be YA but the characters are about a year or two too old and to get my point across I can't change their ages.

storyqueen said...

I write children's picture books. But I'm trying my hand at middle grade and YA.

Shelley

Linda Kage said...

There's not a lot of YA that is just about regular kids these days. So, I think it's cool that's what you wrote.

The one book I'm getting publishing is a YA romance and also about regular people, no cool sci fi paranormal superhero stuff.

I've written seventeen other books, but sixteen of them are adult romance. I think I'm like you in that my writing voice is too young to sell adult, so the next book I'm working on is YA again.

Thanks for the interest.

Patti said...

I write YA, but I also have ideas for women's fiction and adult fantasy, but I keep coming back to the books that I fell in love with and that's YA.

Vonna said...

I've written three novels (one of them twice but with major plot and character changes the second time around). The first, the one which shall remain under the bed, was an adult paranormal. Sometime after writing this, I realized that the books I had loved the most were the ones I had read when I was eleven. So all the rest of my books, including my WIP, are middle grade fantasies.

Susan R. Mills said...

I write YA. I have ideas for other genres, but somehow my mind keeps turning them into YA stories. It's very strange. I guess I'll stick with YA.

Lisa and Laura said...

We write contemporary YA. I'm not sure we could ever write anything else seeing as how we're 16-year-olds stuck in the bodies of 30-something moms. We're just wrapping up our third book now. Our second book is on submission and our first book is collecting dust on a very, very high shelf.

Abby said...

I have one completed YA scifi novel, and my WIP is the same genre. I've had an idea brewing for a while that could lean toward horror, but I think it's going to end up scifi too. Guess that's my thing. :) Great idea for a post!!

Tamika: said...

Great idea! I always secretly want to know what projects others are tackling.

I'm working on my first WIP- I actually have two circulation at the same time. Both Women's Fiction all the way.

I could potentially see myself writing romance, I think my stories have a romance element, I just don't want it to be the foundation for the story.

Happy writing all!

Diane said...

I have an idea for an eight part series with kids ages 7-11 ish. Mystery/adventure. So far one is written, wondering what to do with it and praying if it meets with success, I will have 7 more winners up my sleeve. :O)

staceyjwarner said...

I've been writing screenplays and am now venturing into prose, writing chic-lit memoir along the lines of EAT, PRAY, LOVE...

great idea for a post...

Jill Kemerer said...

I write romance--Christian category romance to be exact! I plan on writing historical romance also. Not sure when!

melane said...

I'm working on my first book. It's a YA scifi dystopian. I have other ideas for later, all YA.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

I'm not sure if I answered this one already or not. My brain is serioulsy scattered as of late. I writing Inspirational Romances and have completed four novels so far, but not yet pubbed.

Anissa said...

I write YA. The current WIP is paranormal, which seems to be where my brain tends to go.

I am so jealous of your autumn colors! We're still pushing 100. Blech

Joyce Wolfley said...

My novel is a YA paranormal romance. My NaNoWriMo novel is going to be a paranormal romance...no young adults. We'll see how it goes, because my voice tends towards YA.

Anita Saxena said...

My current project is YA. Paranormal or Fantasy- don't know, I'm still trying to figure out the true definitions of these.

I have another completed novel, which I guess I would characterize as YA. But, it was my first, and thus rests peacefully on my bookshelf.

This getting to know you post has been fun!

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

I write books that make readers want to throw the book across the room. Aka YA with flawed heroes. ;)
Love the pretty pic!

Roni @ FictionGroupie said...

My first novel was paranormal YA/romance. But I found myself enjoying the romance aspect more than the paranormal. So my second book, I wrote an adult contemporary romance. That second one came much easier for me, so I think I'm going to stick with that genre for the third and maybe throw in a little suspense. Great idea, btw.

Thomas Taylor said...

Oh dear -- I'm always late for the best parties.

I have seven picture book texts published or contracted, and I've lost count of the number I've illustrated. But right now what I really want to write is MG fiction. I have written one historical novel and am working on a second that combines historical and some spooky contempory sci-fi.

How did we all get so paranormal? It's better than being just normal, I suppose:)