Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, action adventure
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If you hang around my blog, then you know that Wednesday is always about books. Why I wrote a book. Why an author wrote a book. Why an author writes. So okay, authors and books. But at its core, this day is about books and reading. Helping you (and me!) meet authors and find out more about the whys and hows of their books. So we can read more books.

Because I LOVE books. Love them. Love reading them.

So I got to thinking about another “why” of my reading.

Why I read/love the genres that I do.

Readers can and often are very passionate about their favorite genre. Like seriously passionate. Sometimes to the point of scary.

I love my favorite genres (though not to scary-passionate point), but I’ve been known to go rogue and crossover to a new genre. In fact, I’ve been doing it all my life. However, I’ve always been true to romance.

Romantic suspense. Science fiction romance. Romantic mysteries. Cozy mysteries that sometimes have a little romance thrown in there.

Are you seeing a theme? That’s not to say I don’t occasionally stray. I’ve been known to read straight, unromantic mystery, and I had a long historical reading period. Those didn’t always have a happy ending, because, you know, history and the past. Not a good time for trying to survive life alive. I even had what I’d call my tragic romance period, though thankfully that didn’t last long. I’m not very good at angst. And I love me a happy ending.

I think the biggest leap for me, as both reader and author, was from romantic suspense to science fiction romance. Romantic suspense got a little gritty, a little too graphic for me, so I went looking for something exciting, but not bloody. Realized that I’m more drawn to action adventure type suspense and voila! I stumbled across science fiction romance. Action. Adventure in the stars. And yes, romance.

So what genres are on my Kindle right now?

  • Science fiction romance
  • Mystery
  • Contemporary romance
  • Romantic suspense
  • Some steampunk with varying levels of romance (stopping well short of erotic)
  • Some non-fiction (for my business)

So what are your favorite genres to read? Favorite books IN those genres? You know I love comments so much that I pick a favorite to receive my monthly AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value).  Recipient is announced the first blog post of the new month.

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Perilously yours,


P.S. I think my book that mixes in the most genres is Do Wah Diddy Die. It’s romantic, funny, mysterious and suspenseful. And if there was a genre for bat crap crazy…

cover for Do Wah Diddy Die
Some rules are gonna get broken…

You can buy Do Wah Diddy Die right now. 🙂

What’s Your Genre?
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8 thoughts on “What’s Your Genre?

  • March 25, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I am in total agreement re ‘blending’ genres. Sometimes I think I will write something different – just so I can boast of being a well-rounded person. Sadly it’s a lie. Whenever I get into the romance, I feel the urge to add a corpse. When the new mystery is going well, I feel the necessity of having person A look at person B in a less-than-professional manner and for person B to pucker up… I like to mix it. Which is why I went Indie – now I don’t have to try to force my story into a bookshop-shelf-genre, and even if the Big Guys are saying romantic suspense is dead, I know it’s not. Still haven’t written a romantic suspense for the Victorian Insect Queen yet though. It’s on the back-burner.
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    • March 25, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      I love your style, CaronAllan! I know what mean by having a corpse drop in, or bullets start to fly. LOL And my mixed up genres aren’t dead until I say so. LOL Glad you stopped by and I hope you do something for the Insect Queen. She needs love and suspense, too. (grin)

  • March 25, 2015 at 9:21 am

    I have genres I don’t read: erotica (zzz; I have yet to read one that had a plot or interesting characters) and inspirational (makes my blood pressure go up too high; I don’t like someone trying to convert me when I’m trying to read). I’m not into horror as a genre (see blood pressure caveat, plus the negative vibes aren’t healthy). I like a romance as long as it’s done in a historical context: when women’s only priority was to get a husband (and have kids) in order to gain some security. Otherwise, I like just about anything that’s seasoned with romance and great characters. It’s even better if there’s some comedy mixed in!

    • March 25, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      I like comedy mixed into my stories, too, Carol. And no, can’t watch horror or conversion books no matter what they are trying to convert me to. lol Thanks so much for stopping by to share your genres. 🙂

  • March 25, 2015 at 8:36 am

    The only genre I don’t read is erotica where sex is the main course and the plot is only to have sex.
    Those tend to gross me out and bore me at the same time.

    But otherwise I’m a fickle date. Turns out I love well written books even if they are in a genre that I had no interest in. I just like well written books. I tend to avoid Horror, but recently read a great horror book. And then I read an Amish love story. Go figure.

    • March 25, 2015 at 8:39 am

      I think it is good for readers to be a bit fickle. Think of the books you’d have missed if you’d stayed true to one genre. Now that’s a horror story to me! lol

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