About the Author Virna DePaul is a former criminal prosecutor and now National Bestselling Author for Berkley (paranormal romantic suspense), HQN (single title romantic suspense) and HRS (category romantic suspense). Her release CHOSEN BY FATE (Para-Ops Novel 2) was released on October 4, 2011. Visit her at virnadepaul.com
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Yes, I'm like you-- I like my books to break genre if genre's relevant. Life does, after all....
I like merging genres. It makes for something new and different, rather than the same old same old. And I am offended for you that your brother wonders when you will write a real book.
I like that it's more life-like and "mixed up" to use the guys
I agree..I like books that don't fit into just one
Yes, tell your brother that you have definitely written a real book!
I don't mind mixing genres as long as the story is engaging and the plot runs smoothly. In fact, the more unique the premise the better as I read so much after a while, they are start to sound the same. Thanks for the great post and giveaway!
Hand your brother one of your books and ask him to read it.
You might mention to your brother that I read hundreds of books a year in all different genres, yet I find it difficult to get through a Grisham novel, especially those that deal with courtrooms and the legal justice system. While I admit Grisham is an excellent writer, most of his lawyer books are dry to me.
that is so great that you can get the one to intertwined and then they can be good or bad and then i love the cover and then would like to read the book
I love the mix of genres! I have no shame in admitting
To me you are the type of writer I like. I have tried reading Grisham, and to me his books are very dry. I can't seem to get into to them at all. I really like mysteries and thrillers, too. I guess it is a matter of taste.
I am so with you on that sentiment. I hate it when people look
I like my books to have some of everything adventure, comedy, thrills, horror love and sex and hope and redemption thats my ideal read.
It's a real book! I like to consider myself a real reader who read multiple genres including romance. I like a mix of everything: adventure, danger, emotion, heartbreak...everyting! Everyone, each character has their own story to tell which means no story is the same and that's the best thing about books -meeting new people and learning new things.
I like books that stick to one genre and ones that overlap. Romance always makes them sweeten the pace.
I enjoy stories that cover more than one of my favorite genres.
I love them all!
Romance, sex, laughter! Bring them on!!!
Men are from Mars & women are from Venus -- we're different.. I like overlap -- but I've enjoyed Grisham legals stuff and medical oriented novels.. I find the characters less dimensional than those where you find out something more about their hidden motivations.. Would it be sexist to say that girls like HEA's more than guys do?
If it has romance in it... then that is a bonus for me! I enjoy different genres, but I always want to see a connection between characters...
I think it's pretty much all about labels because we are reading and watching things that we don't really think of as romance, science-fiction, etc. It's when the categories come into play confusion begins for some.
Love all types of books. Reading is my hobby of choice.
Men are just wired differently. I very much like books that aren't such cookie cutter, follow the formula everyone else does genre. A whole new mix of things is quite refreshing.
I think men are visual..like its too hard for them to get "stimulated" by a
Tell your brother that romance novels outsell other genres. Evidently a lot of us consider them "real" books.
I'm very interested in reading your book and see how you can combine romance, mystery, and sex with vampires all in one novel.
John Grisham - who's he? Never read one of his books. Not
I like mixing genres--variety is nice and throwing in the romance and sex always adds the spice and intrigue, often with a little mystery and humor. Guess men a shallow when it comes to what they read; women like variety, and that's why they can multi-task so much better than a man! Your brother is somewhat clueless, since most women are not crazy for his favorite or highly-recognized author, John Grisham. It's best to stick with what your gut tells you is best in your writing, especially since women are usually right and do more reading than men! Good luck with your new books!
I think it's fun to read all sorts of genres--so why not combine them too.
I actually enjoy a book much more when there are elements from a few
Men aren't much known for their multi-tasking lol. Women do it all the time. That's how I like my reading too. I love the fact that there are a lot of mixed genres out there and when there is romance too - that is an added bonus.
The main reason that men can't handle sex in a book is because they're simple-minded. I don't mean it as an insult. It's just the way they're brain is wired. When they're reading a book, they have to keep their brain focused on one topic at a time or they get confused or lose interest very fast. They seem to forget about the James Bond series that does have the sexy scenes in it, however. lol I haven't heard of any book with your type of theme in it, nor do I believe I will in the future. You peaked my interest in reading them, and if I enjoy it as much as I think I will, I'll be sure to pass it along to my Husband to read. Perhaps if you tell your Brother your books aren't "Chick Lit," he'll give them a try.
LET'S CONSIDER THE SOURCE OF THE CRITICISM AND LEAVE IT AT THAT!
SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT BOOK AND I CAN'T WAIT TO READ!!!
I think all books are a mix of genres when it comes right down to it. Without this mix they would be a bit one dimensional.
I like alittle bit of this and alittle bit of that, when reading.
Continents, countries, all jurisdictional units, humans, occupations, religions, emotions are variant simultaneously. Thus, following life, art also needs be varietal. Therefore, a successful novel requires only appreciative readers/listeners without gender or genre consideration. That brother is proud of the author is sufficient.
I'm with you...would love to have genres I like blended together.
I have read your books, your brother is being annoying. He must not
Ah, brothers! Tell your brother that he is looking at this all wrong. My brother has dreamed of being a published author. In recent years he has sort of decided it isn't going to happen. Because writing is WORK! A couple of months ago I introduced him to an author friend of mine. She is an actual published author. She writes "dirty" books! She was surprised by how cool he was. He basically told her that she is a published author and that is more than most writers can ever say! Plus, I bet your brother doesn't have fans that wait impatiently for his next book to come out so Pfffttt! BTW, I loved Chosen by Blood and I can hardly wait to read Chosen by Fate!
I'm not a huge Grisham fan. I prefer books with a bit of history in them.
I, too, like books with a bit of this, a bit of that. It's
There are not only guys who don't get romances, there are some women, too. Some of the first books I read were those my father got back in the 50s and 60s from the Doubleday Book Club. He liked history and historical novels, and the latter usually had a side of romance on the menu, though few had specific sex scenes. I don't think anybody ever made a fuss about his reading those and he never minded my reading them. Actually, historical novels are still my favorites and I think I inherited his love of both history and reading. I'm always glad if I can learn something beyond just the romantic story. Jayne Ann Krentz always had either the hero or heroine in an interesting job, from selling tin soldiers to painting in a certain style. And I learned quite a bit from those even if it wasn't history. Of course, she also has her brands of historical worlds as well as potential worlds to come as Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle.
I basically love contemps or rom suspense or a mystery - love twists.
Thanks to everyone who commented! I loved reading them! Good luck to all!
Congrats on writing Real Books! Love your column.
O.K. I agree with you... John Grisham is a great author.. But would be so much better if there were more romance and sex in his books.
I'm not a Grisham fan. He doesn't write sci-fi or paranormal fiction. Now, I wonder what he could do with a romance? I am perfectly happy with my romances.
I'm not surprised by your brother's attitude since it mirrors my husband's; romance is not a book it's a joke; Ha! what he is missing.
All books are "Real" books. There is something for everyone to read.
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