Writing in Different Genres!


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Writing in Different Genres

How important is it for authors to be able to write across genres?

First of all, not everyone cares to write in multi-genres. There are some who choose to write in one genre and for select readers. There is nothing wrong with writing in one or multi-genres. Who am I to tell anyone what is the right thing to do?

If you look at J K Rowling, for instance, she has excelled in writing for YA, PT, MG groups (young adult, preteen, middle-grade). She has also written for 18+. I am one of her biggest fans for the first group but I did not enjoy the 18+ mysteries as much as the Harry Potter series. That does not mean that her books didn’t sell well! On the contrary, once she became established as a successful author anything she wrote (even under a pen name) sold off the shelves. If only I could do that! Sigh!

I chose to write in different and multi-genres to keep myself fresh. I started out with children’s books, ages 0-8, then branched out to MG and PT, ages 9-12, then 18+. I have received a Silver Medal from MOM’S Choice Awards for one children’s book, seven Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards for my children’s and MG books, and two Reader’s Favorite Book Awards, and a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest for my MG books. These awards make an author feel that maybe she is doing something right. I am definitely enjoying what I do.

Whatever you write about, whether it is fiction or non-fiction, do your best, research your material, read other author’s work and about others’ successes to hone your writing. I have read between 90-105 books each year to improve my writing in any way I can.

I follow my dream daily by writing. Like my motto says, Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Soar with Jemsbooks.com!

I am definitely soaring! Believe in yourself and do what you love to do daily! Happy Reading!

(A different version of this post was originally in an anthology by Kristina Stanley. Check out her blog and books sometime.)

Look for new books coming this year on my Amazon Author Page.

Here are two of the newest children’s books from Jemsbooks below.

All Jemsbooks are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and by clicking on covers on the right of this post.

All Jemsbooks Children’s books carry life lessons to help instill in young children the important of being kind, caring, sensitive to others’ feelings and show respect to parents, elderly and accept differences.

Thank you for stopping by and for your kind and continuing support!

(When this post was written I was working on Mariah’s Revenge which is now available and doing well on Amazon. Please check it out especially if you have already read Hunting Mariah!)

If you haven’t read Hunting Mariah, hope over and check it out too.  Get into the insane mind of the killer and then continue the story in book 2! Happy Reading! Love to hear what you think of both books – so I welcome with open arms any reviews you post on Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes & Noble!

I am now working on a MG/PT girls’ series of adventures, mysteries and stuff that girls do. A reader requested I write a series for girls after reading the Davey & Derek Series. They loved it and wanted a similar one for girls. It will be coming soon! Watch for the cover reveal.

Blessings & Hugs!


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 39 books: 19 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 31 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 2 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 17+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog http://jemsbooks.blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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30 Responses to Writing in Different Genres!

  1. Mae Clair says:

    I’ve written in different genres, but all for the same age group. When you can write different genres AND different age groups, that’s pretty spectacular. Congrats on all your achievements and your abilities to switch gears as a writer!

  2. This is encouraging. I just released a book today in a totally different genre and that makes me a bit nervous.

  3. noelleg44 says:

    This is a terrific post, Janice, and hits home. I decided to test my writing wings with a historical (maybe I should say hysterical?) novel. Tough going but the experience is well worth it in terms of growth!

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Noelle! That’s wonderful for you! Yes, you can do anything you put your mind to! I believe in you! Keep moving forward, my friend! 🤗

  4. Jack Eason says:

    Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    Take a look at Janice’s books 😉

  5. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Do you write in different genres… Janice Spina does with her award winning children’s books and her adult thrillers. What are your views… please head over and read the post and let Janice know.

  6. The Owl Lady says:

    Great post, Janice! I write two different genres, sometimes they’re only for 18+ because of the violence. @v@ ❤

  7. Interesting post, Janice. When I started writing I wrote for children aged 3 to 9 years old. Those are the books Michael co-authored. We wrote those when he was that age and there are 10 in the series, 5 of which are currently available. Now, I am more interested in writing for age 13+ which is in line with my children’s current ages. Interesting!

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Robbie. If you wrote for 3-9 you can write for 13+. It’s not too big a jump. You just have to think like a preteen again. It’s actually fun doing it. It has become my favorite genre to write. Best of luck with your new venture. 🤗

  8. dgkaye says:

    You’re amazing Janice. I always say I don’t know how you do it! It is a talent to write in different genres, and I will get to your books soon I promise!!! ❤ Are you back now.? 🙂

  9. macjam47 says:

    Reblogged this on BOOK CHAT and commented:
    Yes, my author friends, Janice Spina is proof that you can successfully write in multiple genres.

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