Well, it’s been an emotional rollercoaster this past week. I returned home to visit family and friends only to find myself giggling one moment and crying the next, and so I’ve learned that it’s completely and humanly possible to be happy and sad at the exact same time.
Suffice to say, I have returned to Edinburgh with a real need to feed my soul a little tenderness and love.
When it came to questions about my latest writing projects, I found it difficult to offer much other than, it’s not historical, which elicited some shocked expressions plus a few raised eyebrows.
In truth, I expected that kind of response. It’s quite common to be pigeonholed into a particular ‘genre bracket’ whether it be historical, romance or thriller.
Look at poor Ms Rowling having to write a detective thriller under the pen name of Robert Galbraith, and yet, still, some readers are unforgiving.
I used to have very mixed views about whether an author known for one particular genre should indulge in another, but I also know that the internal creativity tap does not flow into one story, one century, or one plot idea, alone.
I absolutely believe that if you can create a good story in one genre you are just as capable in another. The talent is in the execution of it.
So, it’s definitely going to be a little more challenging to write works in a more contemporary tone, (which is ironic because historical books require so much more effort in terms of research/language etc,) but alas…
I’m testing new waters, developing different cultural ideas aside from those which are distinctively “Victorian,” and… demanding a little faith from my current readers!
But nothing ventured, nothing gained. What I do know is that my stories will always have my style, my voice. And what I need to possess the most, I always seem to have within me – inner confidence.
It’s time to get on with it.
I’ll be back soon with more news, and I wish you all a great end to the summer!
Carla is a successful historical fiction writer and workshop leader. When her fingers aren’t tapping on piano keys, she’s relentlessly guiding ambitious new writers to the finish line with heaps of inspiring advice and motivational techniques.