While we step into Autumn and adjust to its whims, I’m reminded of the changes a busy author can embrace or forgo, when it comes to her writing.
For those of you who don’t know me, I began my professional writing career penning within the romance/humor genre around 2010. My first successful novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems began as a journal I’d been keeping when I was contemplating entering a relationship with a possible boyfriend. Originally I’d thought to publish the story as a nonfiction piece, until a workshop leader at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference suggested I present the story as fictionalized nonfiction.
Many months later, and after my marriage to Joe, I self-published Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems which won several prestigious awards, and for that I remain humbled and grateful. Although I soon penned a sequel called The Sugar Ticket, unbeknownst to me, my muse was about to turn traitor and venture into uncharted territory.
“From the award winning Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, the beloved Cindy and Jay DeMatteo return in the sequel The Sugar Ticket, a tale that chronicles their marital journey as they attempt to alleviate a sour past and embrace a sweeter future together. Enjoy their light-hearted humor and occasional rants, while they meet their daily tribulations head on. Cheer them on as they face the most fundamental challenge of all: Staying in love forever.”
When I was invited to join the Author’s Billboard three years ago, the opportunity to work with these talented, award-winning, bestselling novelists presented the opportunity to embellish my RomCom comfort zone, and explore other avenues such as suspense, mystery, and sexual innuendo. However, the comedian that encompasses sixty percent of my muse continued to insert hints of humor into all of its endeavors, while taking chances on genre swapping – which according to many in the writing industry claim is a big no-no, and confuses a reader’s fan base.
Example: Turning Up the Heat – A genre switcheroo and FREE this weekend:
“Mark and Malibu are happily headed towards matrimony, until an old adversary sabotages their plans with a devious scheme. TURNING UP THE HEAT has the perfect recipe for every reader’s taste. With Romance as the main ingredient, add a pinch of Suspense and a dash of Mystery for an Unforgettable Main Course that’s sure to satisfy your reading hunger.”
So, my point is when an author sticks with her dynamic and original genre of choice, the success rate of her series/novels is probably greater than mine, and well deserved. I may be a ‘genre-hopper’, but at the end of the day, I’m still penning comedy in all of my stories, whatever their current label, and having fun doing it, too.
Speaking of dynamic reads, catch up on one of our Christmas collections, to put you in the mood for the Holidays. Sweet and Sassy Christmas – A Time for Romance –
“Some are Sweet and some are Sassy. Eleven holiday romances to captivate and seduce. NYT & USA Today bestselling authors have joined together to bring you tales from early America, abandoned puppies, military heroes, doctors and more. Get a warm drink, find a comfy seat, and enjoy an armchair cruise into the world of Christmas lovers and their unique stories.”
Oh, and if you haven’t already taken advantage of The Author’s Billboard Contest, please do so – We’re giving away Gift Cards, eBooks and other prizes! Just click on this link to enter: http://authorsbillboard.com
Happy Autumn, Everyone!
A USA Today, Award-Winning Author, Susan Jean Ricci is best known for her Cindy’s Crusades Series, starring the hilarious duo Cindy and Jay DeMatteo. These characters were first introduced in the multi-award winning novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems, and return to entertain you in its sequel The Sugar Ticket. Look for the soon to be published, and final saga Don’t Bruise the Bananas 2020. Cindy and Jay’s mischief making lives on in these shorts: A Sweet Snafu, Christmas With Niagara, His Sacred Vow, Passion’s Secret Ingredient, and Turning up the Heat. Please also consider the other stand alone works of fiction and short stories in Ms. Ricci’s collection, with more to come later this year.
A member of the RWA, The Authors’ Billboard, and the Independent Authors’ Network, several of Ms. Ricci’s titles have been recognized as the Women’s Outstanding Fiction Winner in the IAN 2016 and as IAN finalists in 2017, 2018, 2019.