May 25th, 2019
Home | Log in!

On Top Shelf
Fresh Pick

Reviewer Application

Summer Kick-Off

New Books This Week

Latest Articles

Slideshow image

Since your web browser does not support JavaScript, here is a non-JavaScript version of the image slideshow:

slideshow image
He's stuck in the Past. She shows him their future.

slideshow image
Can they succeed in 1920s Hollywood with only friendship to rely on?

slideshow image
Years ago, they were in love.

slideshow image
Life can change in the blink of an eye...

slideshow image
The stakes have never been higher

slideshow image
Start of a new series

Let your reading bloom in May

Barnes & Noble

Fresh Fiction Blog
Get to Know Your Favorite Authors

Michele Pariza Wacek | Top 5 Reasons Why Mixed-Genre Novels are Best


Before I was an author, I was a reader.

I read A LOT of books over the years. (In fact, I taught myself to read at 3 years old because I wanted to write stories so badly.)

And, one of the things I began to realize is I preferred books that mixed genres over just a single "pure" story.

I'm also of the belief that I'm not alone.

Look at the popularity of certain mixed genres categories. (Romantic suspense anyone?)

So, as an author who has taken mixing genres to a whole new level (my current Secret of Redemption series combines psychological thriller, mystery, romance, paranormal and even a touch of women's fiction) I thought I'd share my top 5 reasons why mixed genres are best.

1. There's a little something for everyone. No matter what sort of story you prefer (romance, mystery, fantasy, sci-fi) in a mixed-genre book, you're more likely to find something you like.

Better yet, in a mixed genre book, even if you're not crazy about one of the genres, you may still like the book because you like the other storylines.

2. Less chance of boredom. So, it may just be me, but one storyline books can be a little … boring. Especially if I end up reading a few in a row.

I think it's because in most cases, the books are both simpler and shorter.

Now, don't get me wrong. Sometimes I want a simple story I don't have to think too much about. But, most of the time, I enjoy the complexities of multiple characters and layered storylines, and it's much easier to craft those books if you're mixing genres.

3. Novels are healthier. Just like mixed breed dogs can be healthier than purebreds, novels with multiple storylines also tend to be more robust than the pure versions.

What do I mean by a healthy novel? It's one where the author didn't have to resort to tricks or force to move the plot and/or character development forward.

When you're dealing with multiple storylines, the author has multiple ways to move a story forward, so that *should* (in theory) help the author more naturally tell the story.

4. They're better for you. Did you know that fairy tales are actually morality lessons? Yes, fairy tales were originally designed to "teach" a morality lesson, but because morality lessons can be boring, they were "sugar coated" with a story.

In other words, the story helps the "medicine" of a morality lesson go down.

As humans, we're wired to respond to stories. It's in our DNA. Stories are at the foundation of how we communicate and make sense of the world, as well as help us become better people.

So, when you read a multiple genre story, there's a good chance the story has a deeper meaning that could help you become a better person. And, that lesson will be integrated on a deeper level because it's a part of a story.

5. They're fun. Need I say more?

THIS HAPPENED TO JESSICA by Michele Pariza Wacek

Secrets of Redemption Book 2

This Happened 
to Jessica

How many more are going to die because you refuse to remember?

Becca would like nothing better than to put the past behind her and focus on making Redemption her home. But what do you do when the past refuses to stay buried?

Becca still can't remember the night sixteen- year-old Jessica disappeared from a party, never to be seen again. Which is bad enough (especially since she was supposedly the last person to see Jessica alive), but it's not the worst …

Strange events are making Becca think there's a link between what happened to Jessica fifteen years ago and the darkness happening now.

With help from her friends and her teenage crush, Daniel, Becca races against time to uncover the truth about Jessica before another sixteen-year-old girl is doomed to the same fate as Jessica …

Romance Suspense [Love-Based Publishing, On Sale: November 20, 2018, e-Book, / ]

About Michele Pariza Wacek

Michele Pariza Wacek

Michele Pariza Wacek (also known as Michele PW) taught herself to read at three years old because she so badly wanted to write fiction. As an adult, she became a professional copywriter (copywriters write promotional materials for businesses, nothing to do with protecting intellectual property or putting a copyright on something) and eventually founded a copywriting and marketing company. She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and currently lives with her husband and dogs in the mountains of Arizona.

Secrets of Redemption





20 comments posted.

Re: Michele Pariza Wacek | Top 5 Reasons Why Mixed-Genre Novels are Best

Looks like a great book.
(Rebecca Shields 6:53am November 28)

I love the concept too
(Vickie Couturier 9:09am November 28)

I agree with your list of reasons on why mixed-genre
appeals to me. The interweaving of storylines particularly
lend towards a richer read.
(G. Bisbjerg 9:13pm November 28)

I knew that fairy tales are all about morals.
(Alyson Widen 11:27pm November 28)

Fairy tales are intriguing and have quite a history. Great
(Debra Guyette 6:39am November 29)

Love mixed genre books!
(Estella Kissell 12:37pm November 29)

Yes, I like mixed genre books, and this one especially appeals to me. It just the type I enjoy reading.
(Anna Speed 12:56pm November 29)

I am a disabled R.N. Who has become a compulsive reader from an avid
reader and am always looking for new authors to try. Your novel’s write up
is right my alley. I do read romance,intrigue, suspense and mystery.
Thrillers if not too thrilling if you get my drift. I would also like to wish you
and your family a very happy, safe and blessed holidays.
(Denise Walsh 3:10pm November 29)

Thanks for the chance.
(Cynthia Brooks 10:02am November 30)

I love to read! Thanks for the chance to win your contest!
(Pamela Dolen 12:39pm November 30)

I like mixed genre books. This looks interesting.
(Barbara Ryan 6:33pm November 30)

I really want to read it began with a lie
(Sue Hieber 9:44pm November 30)

Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win.
(Kathleen Gardiner 11:08am December 1)

Looks like a very interesting book!
(Jason Lawless 1:19pm December 1)

Absolutely! I despise pat solutions, thus mixed or novels
are just the ticket! Thanks! Nice to meet you!
(Kathleen Bylsma 4:22pm December 1)

Like the creativity.
(Susan Jang 3:01am December 2)

I am intrigued!
(Hester Mayo 6:39am December 2)

Thank you for the chance! I enjoy just about a little bit of everyone.
(Margaret Yelton 8:48am December 2)

Fairy tales are an interesting group of stories. Most of us relate to the sanitized
Disney versions of them. In reality, if you read some of the original versions, they
are rather gruesome.
THIS HAPPENED TO JESSICA sounds like a good and interesting read.
(Patricia Barraclough 11:58pm December 2)

(Hester Mayo 6:38am December 3)

Registered users may leave comments.
Log in or register now!


© 2003-2019  all rights reserved Privacy Policy

Google+ Google+