Please give a warm welcome to this week's guest in the spotlight, Gill Stewart. When Gill asked if I would be interested in a blog post on writing cross genre, my answer was a resounding 'yes'. Writing across genres has always interested me and having recently published the third in a YA mystery/romance, Gill is a bit of an expert.
Over to you, Gill.
This month my third Young Adult mystery/romance, No More Lies, was published.
The festival was in the depths of a forest, with almost no mobile signal, and the feel that a great deal of illicit substances were being consumed. What would it be like, I wondered, if a girl a little older than these boys found herself at such a festival, unsupervised? And the idea of George going to the Forest Fest was born. The other characters gradually came to life – Finn, the strange, reserved boy who George becomes more and more attracted to. So it was going to be a romance! And then the knowledge that there were crimes taking place, that both George and Finn were keen to solve, although for different reasons. Ah, so this was going to be a mystery, too, was it?
- As someone who occasionally struggles to have enough ‘plot’, I now had plenty!
- It was easy to vary the pace of the book by moving from one strand of the story to another.
- I had 2 hooks on which to hang the marketing: both romance and mystery.
- I had to make sure that both strands were given sufficient prominence, but that neither overshadowed the other
- I had to make sure I didn’t ‘lose’ one of the threads at certain points
- The mysteries required a great deal of research
- How would I market this: as a romance or as a mystery?
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No More Liesby Gill-Marie Stewart
Time to tell the truth?
Finn is not happy when dippy Aunt Lulu drags him off to spend Christmas on a community farm in the Scottish Highlands. Things look up when his girlfriend George joins them, though. Finn needs to start making some decisions about his life, but when abandoned dogs turn up on the doorstep, and Aunt Lulu starts revealing uncomfortable truths, it all gets a bit overwhelming …
George can’t sort out what is going on with her and Finn, so she concentrates on getting to the bottom of the mystery dogs. Impulsive and unpredictable as always, her actions lead her and Finn into danger once again.
No more lies: it's time for George and Finn to tell the truth about their feelings and move forward. But will that be together or apart?