Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Guest Post - Writing Different Genres by Regina Puckett

March Madness is rolling along! I continue to be excited with the line-up of guests I will be sharing with you.  Today marks a first for my little blog, my first guest post! I'd like to thank Regina Puckett for giving her time and talent to visit with us today! She will give some insight on why she writes in different genres. 

Writing Different Genres

For some reason I felt the urge to spread my wings at the beginning of 2012. I had this crazy notion I wanted to try my hand at writing horror. For years I have been writing sweet romances. I love being able to tell the story of two people finding their soul mates and having them fight through thick and thin to finally fall madly in love before I write those final two words, “The End”. There’s just no feeling like being the person responsible for creating a little fictional happiness.

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So saying all of that, why would I even want to try my hand at writing something new?  The answer is fairly simple. Everyone needs to break out of their set mode every now and then.  Doing so might improve their writing skills and force them out of their writing rut. While it’s true I know how to write romance, I wanted to know if I would be any good at trying my hand at another genre. Growing up I enjoyed telling my own made up tales of horror at sleepovers and around campfires, but it had been many years since I even thought about telling those types of stories and I had never tried putting any of them onto paper. For that reason alone I thought it was worth the effort. Since horror seemed to be the very opposite of romance, I thought it would be a nice challenge.
      So there I was with my very own 2012 challenge but uncertain about how to go about accepting it. Fortunately my oldest daughter, Rhonda, is obsessed with ghost hunting. Where Charity and I love writing, Rhonda loves sitting around in old dark, abandoned buildings waiting to hear or see something from dead people. I used her love of ghost hunting to write my first short horror story, Mine. She has visited an old abandoned hospital here in Tennessee many times in her quest for discovering what dead people have to say to the living. This hospital is supposed to be one of the most haunted structures in Tennessee, and after hearing about her nights spent there I believe it very well could be. Happily I was able to use her experiences without actually having to be cold or scared myself.

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             After finishing Mine, I wrote five other short tales of horror.  Right before Halloween I compiled them into, Regina Puckett’s Short Tales of Horror. That experience was so successful I decided to try my hand at tales of inspiration and children’s’ picture books. 2012 has been a great year. I found my way out of my rut, and I also discovered I still loved writing romances just as much as I ever did. Earlier this year I decided to reinvent some of the old fairytales and wrote The Beauty in the Beast, Sleeping through the Beauty and The Magic of Snow should be finished before the first of 2013.

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 I’m questioned quite often on Twitter about why I write so many different genres. If I have learned anything this year, it is that writing a good story takes the same effort no matter if you’re writing romance, horror, inspirational or a children’s book. Can I make people fall in love, run scared from evil spirits, fly along on the wings of love with Baby Dragon or find God after the death of a loved one?  While each story may be a different genre, they are still each told with words. These words have to be crafted with the readers in mind and with any luck my readers will enjoy visiting the worlds I have created through the eyes of my characters.

       I’m looking forward to 2013. If it is anything like 2012 I suspect there will be more changes in my future. I have plans to write three more modern fairytales and when these are finished I’ll compile all six tales into one book. I will have the rights back to my first four full length romances by the end of 2013 and plan on having them for sale on Amazon as ebooks. Since none of them have ever been sold as ebooks, I’m excited about the prospect of making them available to even more readers. I’m looking forward to 2013 and whatever it holds. In the meantime stop by Amazon and check out my crazy assortment of genres. Maybe you’ll find one that suits your sense of adventure.

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  1. What a great guest post! I really like Ms. Puckett's mindset that deviating from a different genre can do you good and open you mind even more to new things (and new talents) ;) Wonderful post and a great way to get to know an author which I at first haven't heard of before!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Florentine @ Readiculously Peachy

  2. Hey Florentine!
    I'm glad you enjoyed the post and the introduction to Regina. I hope you will read some of her works, I think you will enjoy them.

    Thanks for visiting my little spot on the internet.