Jackie Barbosa Guest Post – Confessions of a Sub-Genre Slut

Please welcome my guest, Jackie Barbosa!

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Confessions of a Sub-Genre Slut

Before I get started, I’d like to thank Victoria for giving me a chance to blab about myself on her blog. Of course, the downside of guest blogging is that one has to think of something to blab about. Naturally, I procrastinated as long as possible, hoping I’d have a clever idea. Then, I reached the point where I couldn’t wait for a clever idea to come along, so I settled for something else.

Okay, first things first. I write romances. Dirty romances, although the degree of dirtiness does vary somewhat from story to story. As a reader, I like my romances hot and more than a little filthy, and that’s what I try to deliver as a writer, too.

But when I first started writing romance, I thought I’d confine myself to writing historical romances. My original critique partners laugh at me now, because I used to swear over and over again that I’d never have an idea for a contemporary romance. Or for a paranormal. Or (inconceivable), a YA. Nor did it occur to me that I’d ever venture into ménage or m/m.

Boy, have I learned. Never say never!

Now, it’s true, my print debut, Behind the Red Door, is definitely a historical romance and it’s pretty “straight,” as is the current proposal my agent is shopping for me. But somehow, on the way to writing those historical romances, I also wrote three contemporaries (two novellas and one short story, which isn’t even a romance—it’s pretty much straight erotica), a paranormal Christmas story, and a historical m/m/f ménage that’s probably one of my favorite stories I’ve ever written.

Even worse, I am starting now to have fantasies about writing a middle grade/YA series. I mean, it won’t even have SEX in it! What is the world coming to?

The truth, I’m afraid, is that I’m a sub-genre slut. I’ve realized that it’s not enough to do just one. I’ve got to do them all!

What about you? As a reader or a writer, do you stick to just a few sub-genres, or do you like to read/write across all of them with a complete lack of abandon (if not a lack of discrimination)? Do you have a favorite sub-genre, or is it more about the individual book? I’d love to know!

Please post your thoughts. I’ll draw from all the commenters and one lucky winner will receive a copy of Behind the Red Door and along with the ebook novella of his/her choice.

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. Her blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and occasional author interviews.
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2 Responses to Jackie Barbosa Guest Post – Confessions of a Sub-Genre Slut

  1. Jeannie Lin says:

    I really admire writers who can genre hop! When I try to switch from historical to contemporary, it's a mess in my head and on the page.

    The stories in your head must be a fascinating mix, indeed. :)

  2. Kytaira says:

    I think it's great that you can switch genres. I read historicals, paranormals, Harlequin Presents, and anything erotic. I've found that when I identify an author with one genre, I don't want to read their other genres. I think it's like an actor that gets typecast. If they always play a certain type of character, or become really well known for a specific character, it's hard to watch them in anything else without getting distracted.

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