Monday, June 27, 2005


I don't know what it is about rainy days and Monday's. Here in New York, we have both. The weather, in the blink of an eye, turned completely foul and with it, people's moods. I just had an email correspondance with someone that bordered on the abusive (on her part, not mine). I haven't been the victim of such malicious and verbal abuse in awhile. It just goes to show you the power of words, and how things always seem worse over the internet then they do in person or over the phone.

I won't go into the details, but I'll just say that this person didn't get what they wanted, and decided to spew their bile all over me. It was vicious and immature, and I didn't deserve it. Now, of course, I'll feeling extremely paranoid, and questioning all my decisions over the past few months, not to mention my behavior, to see what I could have done to have prevented it.

So, to cheer myself up, and you all since I've just been a complete downer, I'm posting this picture of the cutie Tyler Christopher, star of General Hospital and TNT's Into the West.

The title of the posting refers not only to the Geri Halliwell aka Ginger Spice CD of the same name but to how I feel about my writing career.

I made the decision to try and be more business like in my approach to my career, which means keeping track of my submissions, stepping up my writing schedule, and starting this blog. However, I wonder now if I'm in danger of shooting myself in the foot.

I write muliticultural chick-lit as well as romantic comedies, and paranormals. Confused yet? Well, not all my main characters are people of color. Some of my characters are bi-racial, African-American, caucasian, latino. They're like a rainbow coalition of characters. Some of my stories concern interracial relationships, some don't.

Eventually, I'd like to write historicals as well. I've always been interested in the reign of Charles II but I often wonder is anyone going to say why is the brown chick writing about a white king? I mean the only people of color back then were slaves, dwarves, and Indians. I know of only two historical romance writers who are black. One writes about black characters, the other about white characters.

I've often thought that I'll need to use a pseudonym for both sides of me. One for the chick-lit, and one for the straight romance and the paranormals. I worry that readers won't know what to expect of me, and get confused. That writing across genres is a mistake, but then again, there are writers who write both YA and romance or chick-lit. Meg Cabot wrote historicals, YA, and now chick-lit.

Are other writers writing in two genres or more? What are your thoughts?


Anonymous said...

There are authors who use different names depending on which genre their book happens to be in and those who just use their name for all of their books. I think it's a matter of personal choice and good arguments could be made for both. (((hugs))) on the nasty email. Some people are just unpleasant but that's their problem not yours.

Nice picture of Tyler Christopher }:) My sister loves him.

Bearette24 said...

I hate spewers...ignore them...maybe their bad karma will come back to bite them.

I am a chick lit fan (reader/writer) and multicultural chick lit is fun as well. I don't think you need separate names. When Stephen King tried a pseudonym, it didn't really work out and he ended up republishing the books under his real name (Thinner is one example). So there's a thought.

Happy writing...

Kelly Parra said...

Alesia Holliday writes chick lit, YA under a pen name, and decided to keep her name crossing into the legal thrillers, that she mentioned would be in a different voice. I guess it all depends of the writer and which genres he/she will be crossing.

Jessie Ferguson said...

Elizabeth, you posted a picture of my husband!! hehehe

A lot of writers write in multiple genres, so there's no problem there. I would suggest, though, that yes, use a pen name... so your reader knows that "author X writes chicklit" and "author Y writes historicals," etc. Funny thing is even when they know these pseudonyms are the same person, it does make a difference. It does to ME as a reader, for example. =)