Defying Gravity – Writing Cross-Genre and Succeeding Anyway

July 13th, 2019 Meeting

Genre definitions have a profound influence on writers’ careers. From the first queries where we must specify the book’s genre to long-term decisions about pursuing or giving up on a “dead” genre, dealing with what feels like a false construct is a necessary skill. However, following our hearts and inspiration often means tossing aside these considerations.

Or chopping them to pieces in a murderous rage.

But shedding conventions can be what sets a book apart—and can take a writer’s career from midlist to break-out.

So… how do you know? More—how do we find the courage to embrace a bold move?

Fantasy and romance author Jeffe Kennedy will discuss how she went from being a “Crack Ho” – being told that her work fell in the cracks between genres – to receiving a nomination for Book of the Year, an RT Seal of Excellence, and a RITA Award. She’ll explain genres and sub-genres, where they overlap, how romantic storylines can tip the balance one way or the other—and how to color inside the lines or step across them.

LERA Meeting Location:
1710 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Time: 11:30am to 3:00pm

Parking is available in the front of the building off Central (includes one accessible space), behind the building (includes accessible spaces), in the overflow parking in the church behind the building, and on the side streets.

See you there!

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