Switching Genres

Most of my assignments in the writing class I teach are optional. The last couple weeks, I’ve had non-optional assignments which involve creating a new POV character in a different genre. I’m impressed with their successes so far. I had to push myself to leave women’s fiction and YA to enter the realm of paranormal romance with my Jill, a CPA who falls in love with a time traveling man. The experience of writing in a different genre is valuable even if the new novel never reaches the publishing point.


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For over twenty-five years, I've taught elementary grades, high school, and county special education classes. Now I am a field supervisor for teachers working toward their teaching credentials. I also teach writing classes in Dublin and Pleasanton, California. I have won 5 awards in short story contests, My stories are published in The California Writers Club Literary Review, and several anthologies including four times in Las Positas College collections. I have several book projects, but the two that have my immediate attention are HADA'S FOG, which is women's fiction, LILLI, a YA novel, and NORMAN IN THE PICTURE, a paranormal mystery. I have published an anthology WRITTEN ACROSS THE GENRES that includes writings from members of my writing classes and other writers. It's available on Amazon and Kindle.

5 thoughts on “Switching Genres”

  1. It is always interesting changing genres, forcing one to write outside of their box. For what you are used to, is writing within your comfort zone.


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