There has been a lot of talk on different writing blogs recently about the importance of reading (and writing) outside your comfortable genres. Something I wholeheartedly agree with, just have trouble doing.
I’ve read literally thousands of science fiction books and it shows in my writing. I’ve read a lot of horror and that shows up as well. I’ve read so much early American lit, especially Reconstruction era for college that I cringe at reading any for pleasure, except Mark Twain he was the great. Outside of those areas I am sorely limited so I’m looking for suggestions. Especially in these areas:
Stephanie suggested Nora Roberts, I’m trying but it’s a little tough. One nice thing is I discovered J.D. Robb, Nora Roberts science fiction adventure books, they’re da bomb.
I’m writing a book where it is necessary for the Protagonist to be a freshman in college, which will naturally appeal to those readers. So I’d like not to turn them off, its just most of the YA titles I’ve looked at don’t appeal to me, especially not Stephanie Meyers Twilight Series. I barely made it through the first chapter.
I like the idea of having different classes and races suddenly needing to work together but I’ve run across a lot of it that was either bad or a Hobbit knock off. I recently read a pretty good Quest Fantasy novel got me interested in this genre again.
I want strong characters in my books and Chick Lit offers them, but like Fantasy I’ve had bad luck blindly picking them out.
So if anyone has any suggestions in these areas I’d love to hear them and I’ll check them out.
By Darrell B. Nelson author of Invasive Thoughts