Morning my lovelies. Today I’m on the blog tour for Not Myself Today by Muriel Ellis, bringing you a guest post from Muriel talking about Switching Fiction Genres and a giveaway to win yourself a signed copy. Enjoy and Good Luck!
book blurb & info
High school soccer star Lindsey Anderson was at the top of her game with graduation approaching and a full-ride soccer scholarship offer in her hand. Then she dropped dead on the soccer field, only to wake up in the body of a teenage sex-trafficking victim. No one believes who she really is. Not even her dad. Chased by her new body’s drug-dealing pimp and rabid parapsychologists out to dissect her, Lindsey searches to get her body and her life back before graduation day. Can her BFF and the high school nerdy boy she detests help save her life?
Published by: Black Rose Writing on 24th September 2020
Formats available: Paperback & eBook. Available on Kindle Unlimited
Switching Fiction Genres by Muriel Ellis Pritchett
Why would an author with a loyal reader base want to change genres?
I am a women’s fiction author. I write humorous books about feisty older woman who have been wronged and must pull themselves out of the muck. Maybe getting some sense of revenge in the process. I jokingly call my genre Rom-Com-HenLit. So, when my two adult daughters asked me to write something they would enjoy reading—like fantasy or paranormal romance—I asked myself that same question. Why would I do this?
Let me back up about twenty years to provide background information that might shed some light on the situation. I was eating lunch one day with several of my friends. We were all roughly in our fifties, meaning not everyone at the table would admit to being half a century old. We started talking about the books we were reading. One thing led to another and suddenly everyone was complaining that all the books seemed to be about women in their twenties trying to find the right man online.
“Why can’t we find entertaining books about women our age,” someone asked. “Women who have our problems and issues. Like mammograms and menopause. Aging parents. Husbands leaving their wives for women young enough to be their daughters. Age discrimination on the job. Why can’t somebody write those kind of books?”
Then I kid you not, every eye at that table stared at me. “Huh? What?” I asked, managing not to choke on my last bite of banana pudding.
“You are the only writer at this table,” the oldest woman at the table replied. “You will have to write the books for us.”
Feeling really put upon, as I had just received another rejection for a middle grade novel—the agent said I didn’t have a child’s voice—I agreed to think about it. I outlined and wrote a story about Missouri, an older woman who on her 50th birthday lost her beloved job at the university. When she went home to get ready for her surprise birthday party, she found out her professor husband had forgotten it was her birthday. Also, he asked for a divorce to marry his post-doc student with the 18-inch waist and perky boobs.
A few weeks after I posted my manuscript on Authors.me, I was offered a book contract by a small independent press. I cried. Why? Because it meant I had an old lady’s voice.
Three books later—three books that my adult daughters would not read—I sat down to write a young adult paranormal thriller, as requested. But no witches, vampires, zombies, or werewolves. I remembered reading Mary Rodgers’ body-switching book Freaky Friday and enjoying it. But I didn’t want some humorous, light and frothy story about a mother/daughter body swap. No, I wanted something dark. I wanted Freaky Friday meets Stephen King. And the protagonist was not going to get her body back.
I emailed the finished manuscript to my publisher and waited. What would he say about my genre switch? Weeks went by before I received a contract for Not Myself Today. But my publisher said I had to continue writing books about feisty, older women. The release date for my YA paranormal is scheduled for September 24. Not only have my daughters promised to read it, but they promised to promote my book all over their social media.
I know switching genres can be risky, but I’m hoping that some of my older women readers will buy the book because my name is on the cover. Or maybe they will buy copies for their teenage children or grandchildren. If I can sell enough copies of Not Myself Today, maybe in the future I will switch genres, again.
about the author
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Muriel Ellis Pritchett graduated from the University of Georgia and began her journalism career while living in Japan and Germany. Her journalism career included playwriting, editing and writing for magazines and newspapers, and working in public relations, university relations, and media relations.
After retiring, Muriel’s family doctor recommended she get a hobby. So, she began writing fun fiction about feisty older women who had been wronged and had to pull themselves up out of the muck. But her award-winning fourth book, Not Myself Today, is a change in genres—a YA paranormal thriller. It is scheduled for release September 24, 2020. Her first three “fruity” books, fun romance for older women, are Making Lemonade, Like Peaches and Pickles, and Rotten Bananas and the Emerald Dream. She is currently working on another “fruity” book, titled Sour Grapes and Balmy Knight.
When not writing, Muriel loves cruising all over the world, eating good Belgian chocolate, and spending time in any Disney park. Her favorite Disney attractions are SOARING at Disney World’s EPCOT in Florida, Alice’s Curious Labyrinth at Disneyland Paris, Journey to the Center of the Earth at DisneySeas in Tokyo, and Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland in California.
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and for Muriel for coming over and talking to us.
Have a wonderful day
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