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Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Author Override: Alexandra Ivy

 
 Author Override is the place where authors take the reins and take you on a journey into their world. Some may allow you into their private writing dens. Others may take you along with them on research trips or interviews. Whatever the case may be, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride because here you’ll get an in-depth look into an author’s musings.

What happened to genres?

Long before I became a published writer I was an avid reader. And like many avid readers my tastes were eclectic. One summer I remember reading Nancy Drew, the Hobbit, Victoria Holt and Moby Dick. It didn’t occur to me that the books were a variety of genres. I just knew that one week I was in the mood for a mystery and the next I wanted something with adventure.

Things changed when I decided to make my living as a writer. I thought (rightly or wrongly) that there were rules that had to be followed. A reader of traditional regencies had different expectations than those who read historicals. Gothics, for goodness sakes, had to have atmosphere. High fantasy fans didn’t want sci fi elements slipping in, and westerns didn’t have aliens.

I suppose that’s why I was so fascinated when I picked up my first paranormal romance. Suddenly there was a mixture of romance and horror and adventure. I didn’t have to be in the mood for one thing or another. And so when I sat down to write my first paranormal I deliberately threw the rules out of the window. I could mix romance and magic and a kick-ass heroine with a hint of mystery and a whole plethora of sexy monsters. I could world-build to my heart’s content and never worry about those pesky “expectations”.

What a wonderful thing to be naïve. Even though I was already a published author I didn’t consider the fact that sales department had to be able to market the book to wholesalers, and that bookstores had to shelve the book so customers could browse for it among similar books, and that I would have to be able to give out a snappy explanation to encourage wary readers to give it a try. And, of course, once the book hit the shelves, it took on a life of its own.

Savvy fans of the newest trends were already sorting their favorite books into separate niches. There were paranormals, romantic fantasies, urban fantasies, steampunk, elf punk…the list was endless. My own books tended to end up in the paranormal section or the romance section depending on the bookstore. But just as I was accepting that my story wasn’t a mishmash of genres, but a genre in itself, I started getting emails from readers wondering if my parnamoral was dark or light.

Hmmm. That was a toughie. I understood the question…sort of. There is absolutely a different vibe to J.R. Ward’s stories compared to Kerrelyn Sparks. And then there is the wonderful, whacky world of Maryjanice Davidson that has little in common with Christine Feehan. But for many of us, the variations are more subtle. I do have a large dose of humor in my books (or at least passes for humor in my opinion), as well as an emphasis on the romance, but there’s also some fighting, a splash of blood and a dollop of gore. So where did that leave me?

Light or dark?

It’s a question that I’ve decided to leave to my readers (and the poor sales department at my publishing house)! And just as importantly I’ve accepted that while I might have changed from one genre to another, the rules today are out the window. Because of those daring authors willing to break the mold I can write zombies fighting the battle at the OK Corral or a regency with a werewolf. Perhaps there are purist who disdain the crossover between genres and that’s all right. There are a number of fantastic authors who continue to write the more traditional books. Many of whom I consume as fast as they can put the books out. But for those who have been waiting for the odd, the unexpected, and unusual, the recent trend has offered a welcomed variety and has perhaps enticed people who haven’t picked up a book since school to give reading another try.

So, whether or not the boundaries between genres might be blurring, or whether they’re simply being realigned, there’s no denying the opportunity for writers and readers to discover a whole new world! And that can’t be bad.
Ms. Ivy has an awesome giveaway for US readers.  Yes, US only this time.  She's giving away a copy of her latest release Bound by Darkness and a copy of her anthology Real Werewives of Vampire County.
The Sylvermysts have a reputation as sinister cousins to the fey, and none are more mysterious than Ariyal and his tribe. To save his people from banishment, he faces a new challenge: Jaelyn, an elite vampire warrior sent to capture him. By rights, he should kill her on sight. Yet he cannot bring himself to hurt her—or to resist her…

Jaelyn is stunningly beautiful, utterly lethal—and always alone. Until Ariyal. From their first encounter, she knows that what's between them is more dangerous than simple lust. And as they unite to thwart a terrifying prophecy that will mean the end of his clan and of the world they know, she will risk everything to fulfill her destiny by his side…
 Drama. Scandal. Secrets. And a whole lot of supernatural goings-on.
 I'm Pureblood Were, And Proud Of It. . .

"Where Darkness Lives" by Alexandra Ivy
No one's more surprised than Sophia when she's struck by an unfamiliar maternal urge to move near her daughters. But instead of being greeted by a welcome committee, she's targeted by kidnappers. . .and saddled with a gorgeous bodyguard on a mission to protect—and seduce. . .

I'm A Tomboy At Heart, But I Want A Man Who Makes Me Feel Like A Real Woman. . .

"Murder on Mysteria Lane" by Angie Fox
When a werewolf trophy wife is found dead in Vampire County, Heather McPhee goes undercover to investigate. Heather's never been a mascara-and-manicures sort of girl, but she's willing to learn. Especially with sexy vampire detective Lucien Mead posing as her husband. . .

Who's Afraid Of The Big, Bad Werewolves? Not Me, That's For Sure. . .

"What's Yours is Mine" by Jess Haines
Still Waters is like many other exclusive gated communities—except that it's home to one of the largest werewolf packs in the state. But Tiffany Winters isn't frightened of her big, bad new neighbors. In fact, she intends to take her place among the pack. . .

This Is A Town Full Of Secrets. And I Intend To Uncover All Of Them. . .

"Werewolves in Chic Clothing" by Tami Dane
Ever since Christine Price moved in with her fiancé, Jonathan, and his twelve year-old son, she's worked hard to fit in with a cadre of local women whose lives seem picture-perfect. Except no one in Jon's upscale neighborhood is quite who they appear to be. Least of all Jon. . .


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This giveaway will run until December 15, 2011, it's open only to US residents.  Winner will be picked via random.org

28 comments:

Book Savvy Babe said...

So true, genre's have gotten all mixed together, especially paranormal fantasy, and they aren't urbane, but they have romance...it gets very crazy, but I love it. Thanks for the guest spot today Alexandra, loved the post! Book Savvy Babe

Joanne said...

Very informative interview. I kind of like when genres are mixed. You get a little of everything. As long as you know before you start reading and it's not a surprise.

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Victoria said...

I also like when genres mix. Sometimes sticking to just one tried and true genre gets stale.
Excellent post. Thank you .
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Blue Shedevil said...

I love the way the lines are blurring between genres, but it makes it really hard when reviewing books. I know longer rate books but just give degrees of light, dark, sexy, or sweet. You know longer have apples to compare to apples. You have kiwis and dragon fruit thrown into the mix. I love it.

justpeachy36 said...

I tend to read from just about every genre at one time or another. I love the way genre's have sorted blended into each other created new sub-genres. Paranormal romance is a favorite of mine and when you mix it with say a Regency background or an edgy urban fantasy, you get something totally new and different! I love it LOL!

Kristina said...

totally agree..everything is all jumbled up..i never know how to list things....

great Post!

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Sariah said...

I don't mind that the lines between the genre's are blurred, makes it more interesting.

Michelle Bledsoe said...

I have finally decided to read a book for its story and not its genre. It's too easy to mix up the paranormal genres. It took me a while to figure out what they were...LOL
Alexandra I am really in love with your Guardians. Good luck with the series.

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Lady D said...

I would probably classify you as more "light" paranormal than "dark." The greatest example you gave for me was J.R. Ward. Her BDB series has such a dark gritty edge to it, and I love it, and your books have an edge, but not nearly to the same degree. I love your books! Please don't change to fit into a niche. :D

terri_dion said...

i love mixed genre's i'll pick up a book that i think is going to be one way and by the time i'm done i'm looking for the whole series and find that it's classified under a completely new category than i'm used searching under it's like a whole new world of books has opened up for me.

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Di said...

I'd never really been too interested in paranormals until recently when I read one that was light rather than the dark I had previously expected. So now I'm ready to try more and these look like good candidates.
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Sophia Rose said...

That does sum up about how I feel when I walk into a book store. There are at least three sections that many of the author's I read can be found in and I've just learned to treat the 'hunt for my book' as part of the game. Thanks for the interview and posting!

So excited for this book's release and I have not read the anthology yet either. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

erin said...

Thanks for an awesome post and giveaway! I love UF/PNR b/c there is such a mishmash of genres/tropes. The sky's the limit and anything's possible.

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Romance Reader Enthusiast said...

Thank you for this great interview. Another great giveaway for the holidays.

Maloup said...

I can't say for sure whether her books are light or dark, she has both in them, and perhaps a great combination of the two. Even when the hero is dark like Styx, or Jagr, she adds Levet, the gargoyle, who will for sure make you laugh.
Great post! Love Alexandra Ivy!

AngelaCarr said...

Great Post. And I agree PNR IS A MIXURE. for me, as long as ther's romance, I'm good!

GLORIA said...

I love your books and can't wait for Caine and Cassie!

Liz @ Fictional Candy said...

I know how hard it is as a reader to figure out what genre a book is in, I can't imagine how difficult it is for authors to try and explain and classify their work. There's so many subgenres, it gets very confusing! But I loved this post, and best wishes for continued success!

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Patti P said...

I don't even think about the genre half the time. If I like the blurb or I hear a book is a great read I read it. I love all kinds of stories so the genre doesn't matter much.
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Andrea said...

Genre doesn't matter to me as I read lots of different types. I didn't get into paranormal and urban fantasy until three years ago. I loved it once I read one of Karen Marie Moning's books.

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Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

I tend to pickup a book based more on the blurb on the back rather than the genre. So many lines are blurred genre wise (which I love), I'd miss out on some great reads if I didn't.
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Megs said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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books4me said...

I love Alexandra's books! Thank you for the giveaway!

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ML said...

I don't think I mind much when genres blend or mix. Generally I'm looking at the story as a whole and try not to pin it down to whether it's one thing or another or a mixture of two or three.
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Ivy said...

I love this series and was there from the beginning. I can do light or dark and things are so different now. I'm all over the place, just like the genres.

Anna said...

I like it when genres mix makes for a great read and awesome interview

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Artemis said...

Well said Ms. Ivy. That is what I like about reading romance. I can get a HEA is several different genres and still have my romance. Great post!

ilona said...

I've never really been one to bother about what genre a book falls into as long as the story sounds interesting. Nowadays I don't even think most of them fit the genre they are given anyway.