Friday, August 9, 2013

Multiple Genres


I'm trying my hand at a YA paranormal novel-- UNINVITED VISIONS. It's the story of Robert Bates, a Belton, Illinois high school senior, who finds himself with powers of premonition and able to foresee tragic events.  As he struggles to disrupt these events, he discovers other Midwestern teenagers with similar powers.  They team up in an attempt to remove these visions of terror from their lives. The story takes place in the Midwest in  the late 1960s. 
 
I actually wrote UNINVITED VISIONS over a year ago and set it aside, but I've recently read it and think that I'll take some time after I finish my current project to brush it up and publish it. 
 
My first two novels, CORRUPT CONNECTION and BETTER LATE THAN EVER are adult fiction suspense novels, as is the novel I'm currently writing, MELTING SAND.  I struggled with the idea of writing across multiple genres.  After all, I'm an aspiring writer and still trying to find my identity and gain credibility in the highly competitive space of  fictional suspense novelists.
 
I've decided the best way to improve my writing is to write -- and then write some more.  As long as I focus on my intended audience, develop believable characters, and deliver a compelling story, it shouldn't matter what genre in which I chose to write.  What matters is delivering on the characters and the story and entertaining the target audience.

You can read the first chapter of Uninvited Visions on my blog at
http://drshoultz.blogspot.com/p/chapter-1-friday-night-december12-1969.html

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