Thursday, April 9, 2009
We have a guest!! Join me in welcoming Jennifer Estep!
By day, Jennifer is an award-winning features page designer for a daily newspaper with a wide range of media and journalism experience. By night she's an author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Her books have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living, and other publications.
I always have a great time hanging out with Jennifer! And so will everyone on Something Wicked! So without further ado...here's Jennifer!!!
Greetings and salutations! First of all, I want to say thanks to Shirley for inviting me to guest blog today. Thanks so much!
Second, let me tell you a little bit about me, since I'm sure you've never heard of me. :
I write the Bigtime paranormal romance series for Berkley. The books - Karma Girl, Hot Mama, and Jinx - all take place in the fictional city of Bigtime, N.Y. It's a town that's full of sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and lots of smart, sassy gals looking for love. The series is very campy, zany, and just plain fun.
But starting next year, I'm switching gears a bit. In 2010, I'll have three books out in a new urban fantasy series from Pocket. My Elemental Assassin series focuses on Gin Blanco, an assassin called the Spider who runs a barbecue restaurant when she's not busy killing people. The first book, Spider's Bite, will be out in February.
And I have to admit I'm a little nervous about it. I think all us writers are nervous about the economy these days and the impact it's having on our sales.
But I'm even more worried about switching genres - and how readers will react. Because while my Bigtime books are campy fun, my Elemental Assassin series is much darker and grittier, with tougher language and more violence. What can I say? It's really hard to write a book about an assassin without violence.
But will readers like the grittier voice and focus on one character? Will they see the good that I do in my main character, Gin? Will they enjoy the dark, gothic Southern setting with its giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals? These are the things that keep me up at night.
As an author, you hear horror stories about readers who vow never to read an author again because she switched genres on them. But I like reading authors who write more than one thing. I like seeing how their voice translates from historical romance to paranormal, or from a sci-fi space opera to a contemporary women's fiction book.
And I really like writing in different genres - I think it helps keep my work fresh and fun. For example, I've written another urban fantasy that's a takeoff on the spy genre (think James Bond and Alias with magic), and I'm working on a young-adult, epic fantasy book that's a twist on the Robin Hood legend.
So I just hope that my readers will follow me into the dark, gritty world of Gin Blanco - and wherever else my muse might take me. :
What about you guys? Do you read authors who write in more than one genre? Who are some of your favorites? Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Karma Girl, the first Bigtime book.