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Thursday, June 14, 2012

More Author Insight: Written Off

What genre of fiction do you read and respect but would never write?

"There are genres I admire and haven't written for…yet. I have trouble saying I would "never write" in a specific genre. If I enjoy a particular genre, the odds are I'll at least try to write in it someday. I never thought I would write a thriller, but then I wrote I Hunt Killers, for example." - Barry Lyga, author of I Hunt Killers

"I love and am in awe of dystopian and paranormal etc…but I cannot do it. I try and it just comes out very silly." - Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of My Life Next Door

"Hmm. Nothing, actually. I like to blend genres in my books, so any genre I love is up for grabs!" - C.J. Redwine, author of Defiance.

"'Never' is a big word. 'Never' applies to the genres I don’t read. Every genre I read is something I hate to say I’d never do." - Lissa Price, author of Starters. 

"Comic strips. I love Dilbert, Pearls Before Swine, Baby Blues—I grew up on The Far Side.  I’m amazed that these writers can come up with three panel jokes day after day after day. Really, how many of us could do that—and then portray our jokes with cute little characters that make good plush toys?  Not me." - Janette Rallison (AKA C.J. Hill), author of Erasing Time

"I’m a huge, huge, HUGE fan of adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but I’m not sure if I could ever write it. I want to write it, but none of my ideas ever feel original enough! *sigh*" - Sarah Maas, author of Throne of Glass

"I can't see myself ever writing a traditional mystery or thriller." - Leigh Bardugo, author of Shadow and Bone

"I really enjoy humorous essays, and while I’d like to write something like that at some point, I have no idea how to do it. I’d also love to write an old school Stephen King-style story, like Pet Sematary or The Stand."  - Kevin Emerson, author of The Lost Code

"I love a good dystopian, but I would never attempt to write one!" - Jessi Kirby, author of In Honor

"I love memoirs and personal essays. It’s not that I would never write them, but I haven’t been able to so far. My essays come off sounding preachy. But maybe, someday..." - Jennifer Hubbard, author of Try Not to Breathe.

"I go by the adage never say never. I currently only write contemporary realistic fiction. I don’t know if I could ever write fantasy or science fiction, but I really respect people who do it well (or to be honest, who do any genre well)." - Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Take a Bow

"I don't like to say 'never' but I'd have to say historical fiction. I'd worry too much that I'd get facts wrong." - Cara Lynn Shultz, author of Spellcaster

Come back Tuesday to find out if the authors have ever gotten an idea they were afraid to write. 

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