Thursday, May 15, 2014

Making The Leap -- Switching Genres - By Victoria Bylin

Victoria Bylin
I’m having a Star Trek moment. Captain Kirk’s voice is in my head saying, “Warp Speed, Mr. Sulu!” Is anyone else hearing the famous music? Genre-Jumping isn’t quite as exciting as those Star Trek scenes where the Enterprise shoots through space and time to some distant planet, but it’s close.

That mental picture is a good analogy for the leap I made from western historicals to single title contemporaries. There are differences to be sure, but there are also similarities. We’ll get to those, but first here’s a fun video about a different kind of time travel. It’s called “Ten Things You Won’t Find in Contemporary Romance” and it features some of this month’s Bethany House contemporary authors.

So no stagecoaches in a contemporary . . . No shotgun weddings. Switching subgenres really is a leap through time. Why do it?  What are the pitfalls? And what are the thing hidden blessings of the change?

Why Do It?

There’s something not many people know about my writing career. The first book I tried to write was a contemporary romance. That story burned in me, but I didn’t have chops to tell it. It was just too big and complicated, so I decided to start on something shorter that focused solely on the romance. That decision led to fourteen westerns for Harlequin Historicals and Love Inspired Historicals.

I love cowboys. I really do. I love outlaws even more. But the story that became Until I Found never stopped begging to be written.

The answer to the “why” question is simple. Do it because you want to. Do it because you love the story enough to take the risks that come with shooting through space and time, whether you’re traveling from the past to present, the present to the past, or to an alternate universe that thrills your imagination and gives you goose bumps.

The Pitfalls and Precautions

Your readers might not follow you into the great unknown. At the same time, there are elements in each author’s style, her brand if you will, that are constant. Not every reader will move from westerns to contemporaries, but my old books and new ones have the same values, voice and character types.

If you’re moving from the present to the past, watch your language for modernisms. You can’t say, “The actress had visions of her name in lights” if you’re writing about an Old West town without electricity. Our modern language is laced with technology references. Those don’t work in a historical.

There’s a saying, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” That’s so true. I spent more time researching Until I Found You than I did any of my westerns. There’s so much knowledge today, and things change rapidly. Familiarity with our modern world and subjects doesn’t mean you can skimp on research. In fact, for me it was the opposite. Readers will spot mistakes more easily.

The Hidden Blessings

You know how burn-out sometimes sets in? Those days when everything feels just too . . . familiar? Life becomes like the movie Groundhog’s Day, where Bill Murray is reliving the same day over and over. Everyone needs a change now and then. Genre-jumping refreshed my creativity and broke me out of a rut in a big way.

You get to feel like a brand new writer. I will never forget the thrill of finishing my first-ever ms. It was awful and didn’t sell until I rewrote it, but that feeling of accomplishment was joyous. I’d done something new and brave, something I’d always wanted to do. That same feeling hit when I finished the first genre-jump.

If you risk making a change, you’ll grow as a writer. My critique partner and I talked two or three times a week for over a year. Being out of my comfort zone made me look closely at my word choices, structure, theme, everything. It’s not an exaggeration to say that moving to contemporaries changed my author DNA.

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In Conclusion

If you have any interest at all in genre-jumping, go for it! At the very least, you’ll bravely go some place new, maybe to the edges of your own writer universe. If the crew of the Starship Enterprise can do it, so can we.  

Today Victoria is giving away three books: Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade, Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg, and her own book, Until I Found You. Leave a comment to enter the drawing.

Finding each other was only the beginning . . .

When Kate Darby swerves off a mountain road to avoid hitting a California condor, she ends up trapped in her car, teetering on the edge of a cliff. Terrified, she breathes a prayer that changes her life.

It's Nick Sheridan who comes to Kate's rescue. Nick is handsome and confident, and he seems to develop a habit of rescuing her, but Kate is in town only until her grandmother recuperates from a stroke. She's not planning to get involved with one of the locals.

Nick is a reformed veteran of life in the fast lane, a new Christian, and a travel writer. When he sees a car dangling on the edge of a cliff, the daredevil in him jumps into action. He doesn't expect to be swept off his feet by the car's occupant. He's made a vow--no dating for a year--but keeping that vow is going to be a lot more difficult now that he's met Kate Darby. . . .

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  1. Hi Vicki! We miss you in Westerns but I love this new work!!!!!!!!

  2. This was a fun post to read and I enjoyed your video when I saw it on Melissa's blog!
    For me when a good author hops genres it gives me a moments pause wondering what the new book is going to hold but if I knew the author was a good writer it would in no way keep me from reading the book.
    For instance when Mary Connealy/Nealy released Ten Plagues I jumped at the chance to read it since I knew she was a fantastic author and I loved it just as much as her cowboy books!
    I think authors should write whatever they think will make a good story and trust their loyal readers to follow them into the new genre-I would and have!
    Also thank you for the giveaway! I really want to read your book!!

  3. Squeeeaaallll! I love that you genre jumped because I just finished Until I Found You and LOVED it. Has one of the best inspirational threads I've ever read. Still basking in reader afterglow. :-)

    Interesting post. Opposite to what I've heard others say -- all about finding you niche, sticking too it, building a readership etc. As a reader though, I love most genres so I'll happily follow an author from historical to contemporary or back again. Statistics supposedly tell us that isn't the case though. Especially with historicals. Historical readers are supposed to be fiercely loyal to the genre. I bet you blow that theory with your contemporary!

    No need to add me to the draw because I've read two of the books already. Will be hunting down the third this weekend.

  4. VICTORIA!!!!! Hey, sweet cheeks, welcome to Seekerville!!!!! So nice to have you hangin' out with us today!

    I love this post, probably because I'm dipping my contemporary toes into historicals with a Summerside novella last year and a Barbour novella next year, and it is SO FUN!!!!!

    Love it!

    While I love writing contemps, I find that jazzing things up with a little time travel refreshes my brain. And congratulations on this jump into single titles. Oh, have fun with it!!!!

    Did Connealy just call you "Vicki"???????

    She's a cheeky little thing, isn't she?????

    Westerns will miss you, but you've opened a slot for someone else and made a leap of faith, and that's a wonderful thing!

  5. Coffee is served! Selection of sweet rolls and Danish are on the back counter next to the Keurig if you'd like to build your own coffee and we've got California strawberries for dipping in chocolate.... That can't be a bad thing!

  6. Thank you for the great post Victoria. Like Kav, if I love a particular author, I will follow that author in whatever genre they choose to write in. However, I love to read most any Christian genre lines.

    Have a blessed day!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

  7. HI Victoria. I have Until I Found You in my TBR pile and have been hearing great things about it. I'm not much of a Western fan so I, for one, am definitely glad you pulled a switch :)

  8. Hi Mary! I will always love westerns. Cowboys and ranchers opened some amazing doors for me, first with Harlequin Historicals then LIH. Good times for sure!

    And while you're here, thank you for having me on Seekerville!

  9. Good morning, Abbi! Glad you enjoyed the video. It was a ton of fun to make. Becky Wade and Melissa Tagg are awesome writers and amazing ladies.

    Genre-jumping is a big change for authors and readers alike. I'm obviously glad I did it and hope readers agree!

  10. Hi Kav, I'm so glad you enjoyed Until I Found You. It's definitely a romance, but the spiritual thread is the meat of the book.

    Genre jumping definitely has a downside, and if an author's main / only goal is to build up sales, it's probably not wise. On the other hand, it's a chance to grow and stretch. I loved writing for LIH, but I was a little boxed in with word count, etc. For me, the change was worth the risk!

  11. Ruth! That's so cool that you're dipping your toes in the historical pond! Do you find you have to think differently? That your writing voice has to be a little different, maybe a tad bit more formal with historicals? That probably depends on the era and characters.

    Anyhow, it's wonderful to be here today! Thanks for serving up sweet rolls. And coffee! Much needed.

    Now there's a difference between westerns and contemporaries: Keurig coffeemakers!

  12. Hello Cindy W! I'm with you re: following authors into uncharted territory. Seeing the changes and differences is fun from a writer POV, plus I discover books I'd normally skip over.

    Case in point was Deborah Hale's fantasies for Luna some years ago. She was one of the first historical authors I read. I'm not a fantasy reader, but hers were wonderful.

  13. Hi, Kara! I hope you enjoy Until I Found You. This is another reason genre jumping is exciting--new readers!

  14. Hi Victoria. I loved thid article. I've been curious about genre jumping. So many authors I love have done it. I usualIy find that if I enjoyed their writing style in one I will in another as well. I put Until I Found You on my TBR list.

  15. Hi Dana! At the very least, making a big change gives an author a chance to stretch her wings. It's risky, but risk is the salt of life. It keeps things interesting!

  16. Hi Victoria, What a fun video. Thank you for sharing it and welcome to Seekerville.

    Like Kav and Cindy, I'll read whatever an author I like writes. And I agree. I think changing things up helps a writer to grow. And anything that tickles that creative bug is a boon for us. Thanks for the encouragement.

    Have a fun day.

  17. Hi Victoria!

    I think genre jumping involves RISK (my word for the year--I had to get it in there). I've enjoyed your Westerns, but I've heard so many wonderful things about this contemporary, that I am adding it to my TBR pile. It's important to define a niche, but it is also important not to remain stagnant and to take a risk! Thank you for this great post and for coming to Seekerville!

  18. Hello Piper! I've been following your progress in the Amazon contest. So glad for your success so far! If we don't take chances, we never grow and the world doesn't change. Forward Ho! That was a tip of a Stetson to my western roots.

  19. Good morning, Sandra! The video was such fun. It was also my first venture on YouTube.

  20. I have to head out to the day job . . . be back later!

  21. Good morning!! I enjoyed the video,Victoria! You girls did a great job. :-)

    I would imagine if an author wrote great stories in one genre, they'd probably do as well in another.

    I enjoy reading different genres...good luck to everyone making a switch!

  22. Awesome post and advice!

    Happy Thursday, Seekerville!

  23. You are my role model. I just read another article about how the person we were when we started writing in a particular genre is not the person we are now.

    I always pay attention when I hear the message more than once! And love hearing it from you.

    No need to put me in the drawing. You know I loved your book.

    Peace, Julie

  24. Hi Victoria, I love the cover on Until I Found You and am hearing lots of good things about it. Like some of the others, if I find an author with a style I enjoy I'll work my way through everything they've written. I'm looking forward to reading your new book and wouldn't mind winning it either :)
    I'll have some of those chocolate strawberries and coffee Ruthy!

    1. I enjoyed your post! Please enter me in the drawing

  25. Good morning Victoria! Not even 6 am and just came inside from hunting for some coyotes that were making pests of themselves around the horse pasture. Oh well, I'm going to be exhausted today, but I'm putting a 2nd pot of coffee on and hoping my kinders are going to be nice and quiet all day. (That's not going to happen, but I can dream, right?)
    Anywho, thanks for you post! I've always wondered about genre hopping. I love, love, love historical romances but I'm scared to death to attempt to write one. Maybe someday I'll get brave enough to try it.
    Please put me in for the drawing too :) Have a great day!

  26. Good morning, Victoria! I love what you shared here. I'm making a small genre jump with the book I'm about to begin—from women's fiction to straight romance. Looking forward to it. I'm trying to make sure I know all the elements I'll need to make sure are in a romance. Thank goodness the ladies at Seekerville talk a lot about this.

    I'm looking forward to reading your book!

  27. Hi Vicki! I'm so happy for your success! It must've been intimidating and scary at times to make such a big transition. And I can't imagine how different it felt to write a contemporary story. What was your biggest challenge in making the switch as far as the actual writing goes?

  28. Thanks for this, Victoria. I saw your video the other day on Family Fiction. :)

    This article gives me good food for thought. Some people seem leery of genre jumping--and I understand their concerns--but this article spoke a lot of truth. I read (almost) all genres of Christian fiction. If I like an author, I'll read any books by him or her that I can get my hands on regardless of the genre.

  29. Welcome bac to Seekerville, Vicki! Love your books and know this new contemp will be the same.
    Nice that you've found a new excitement with your story telling. Wishing you all the best with Until I Found You!



  30. Victoria,

    Thanks for your post. I enjoy reading a variety of genre. I have added your books to my wish list.

  31. Good morning Victoria.

    I'm working on a suspense right now, but everything else has been historical. I'm unpublished so the readers are not a big concern right now.

    One of the blessings for me in the historicals is the lack of technology. You can actually hide things from people and make it believable. If you get into trouble, you can't call home for help. And there's no helicopters to swoop down and catch the bad buy. If he has a fast horse, he may get away.

    Enjoyed the post!

  32. Victoria, this is most timely, as I am considering adding another genre.


    Love your cover.

    Praying for continued success.

    And I did bring chocolate croissants for a late morning snack.

  33. Great post, Victoria (and I love your name, btw - - I've always thought the name "Victoria" sounded so pretty!).

    I really enjoyed reading about your adventure as you jumped genres, and for anyone considering doing that, you've given great advice.

    I'm revising my historical manuscript right now, and can't tell you how many times I've wanted my hero to use a cell phone, LOL (of course, knowing in 1900 there were NO cell phones to be found!). ;)

    Please put me in your drawing (and I viewed that cute video on another blog--courtesy of Becky Wade*grin*).
    Blessings from Georgia, Patti Jo

  34. p.s. Just coming back to grab one of Tina's chocolate croissants - YUM!! ;) PJ

  35. And Victoria, I'd have to say I go against the grain too on following an author. I used to read Catherine Coulter's historcals and continued to follow when she started writing her FBI series.

    I don't care what genre as long as the book is good.

  36. Hi Victoria,

    Great post! I love it! Break the boundaries, set your own path!

    I am doing this to0 -- only kind of all at once! My debut contemporary comes out with White Rose this August, then I have a contemporary coming out with Love Inspired in Feb 2015 and my first historical with the fabulous Bethany House will release in the summer of 2015! So I'm sort of debuting as a multi-genre author! If that makes sense!

    But I love the freedom of writing both!

    Congrats on your contemporary! I'm looking forward to reading it!


  37. I have only heard and read great reviews about your new book and would LOVE to win it!!! I love the cover!!! I haven't read any of your other books... I love contemporary... But also love westerns and historicals so this is great... A new author with a bunch of great books for me to read!!!! :)

  38. Vicki, welcome!! How fun to see you try something new (or maybe I should say old, since you started with the contemporary). I'm glad you're enjoying it!

    I have one of those books, too. A women's fiction that is in a drawer and still pops into my head on occasion. :)

  39. Hi Lisa Medieros-reader or writer? Welcome to Seekerville!

  40. I also meant to congratulate you on the sale to Bethany House!

  41. Love your enthusiasm, Vicki. Thanks for the encouragement to try something new! I'm doing that right now with romantic suspense, and I'm loving it. Would love to win any of those delicious books up for grabs. :-)

  42. Hi Mary! Hi Annie! Good luck to both of you in the drawing!

  43. Julie, You're making me blush! Thank you so much for the kind words. We see a lot of things in this world the same way :)

    Hello Tracey! I was delighted with the cover. The couple is exactly right, and the landscape and muted colors totally fit the mood!

    And Loves to Read--Good luck in the drawing!!!

  44. Hello LeAnne! And I thought my morning with challenging! It doesn't begin to compare to chasing off coyotes! Hope you get some rest.

    Hi Jeanne T! To me, women's fiction is a little broader in scope than romance, where the emphasis is on the couple. I have a hunch that making the switch will take you even deeper into your characters. Enjoy the ride and good luck in the drawing!

  45. i'm with most of the other commenters who say if they like an author, they'll skip genres in a heartbeat to read their favorite author. (for me: Mary Connealy)

    this is a great post and I would love to win a copy of your book (although it will probably mean I will have a burning need to mow through all your westerns as well... so many books - so little time *sigh*)

  46. Hi Karen Kirst! I can talk all day about the challenges of making the switch--a bigger story with four POVs (originally 5 but I cut one), finding a more modern voice, just getting the words right.

    I didn't realize it, but I'd picked up some bad habits over the years, things like monotonous sentence structure, gerund phrases and too many "hads". It's not exaggerating to say I learned to write all over again.

    As scary as it was to make the leap, the freedom to just write was incredible. I felt like Mel Gibson in Braveheart, where he's painted blue and yells, "FREEDOM!!!" The rule was "no guidelines, anything goes." That first book didn't sell. It was too edgy for right now, but it flung open new doors both creatively and in terms of opportunity.

    I got my mojo back and fell in love with writing again. Well worth the risk!

    But b

  47. Hello Jennifer! There's a lot to be said for creative change. For me, it was definitely worth the risk.

    Hi Janet! It's good to see you and be at Seekerville!

    Wilani, Good luck in the drawing!

  48. Hello Connie, Technology and the ease of communication messes up all sorts of good plot lines! No lost letters, plus dropped calls only work so often. I learned early to go easy on technology because it changes so fast!

    Tina! Thanks for the chocolate croissants. Yummy!

    Hello CatMom! Good luck in the drawing. And yes, cell phones changed everything! Best of luck with your writing :)

  49. Susan Anne Mason! You rock!!! Three debut books in a year is an incredible accomplishment. Very excited for you!

    Hello Lisa, Good luck in the drawing for Until I Found You :) The best thing about ebooks is that older titles like my westerns are still available!

    Hi Missy! You never know when that old ms in the drawer will turn into a new adventure. The idea for Until I Found You has been with me forever. Now here it is! Good times!

    Hi DebH! Good luck in the drawing. The books by Becky Wade and Melissa Tagg are tons of fun, too.

    And Meghan! Enjoy the ride. Good luck in today's drawing :)

  50. Hi, Vicki! Thanks for sharing your experiences with switching genres. With so much emphasis on branding these days, it's good to know the pitfalls as well as the positives.

    And I totally get what you were saying about "Groundhog Day," when it starts to feel like we're writing the same story again and again and again. In my contemporary romances, I've notice the same themes keep cropping up, so I have to work harder on finding new approaches.

  51. Well, okay ... but I'm keeping my copy of Wyoming Lawman :-)

    I am of the unshakeable opinion that authors build a reputation and not a brand. I'll follow a good author from one genre to another because of the writing. Talent shines, ya know?

    I'm sorry you've left western historicals, but definitely adding Until I Found You to my 'to read' list.

    And I'm glad you finally got to write that story that was begging to be written!

    Nancy C

  52. Please drop my name in the hat for the giveaways... Thanks for visiting with us at Seekerville! :)

  53. Vicki, I love the video!
    I think writing in different genres can keep an author fresh and halt the sparks of burn out.

  54. Hello Myra! One of the coolest things about switching to contemporaries was being able to look at my favorite themes through a fresh set of lenses. I will always write about redemption, restoration and rebirth, but with new settings, I could do it in a new way. Really enjoyed it!

  55. Hello Anna! Good luck in the drawing. In deference to my historical roots, we're using a Stetson for the drawing.

  56. Hello Cara! Switching definitely made a different to my creativity. What started off as little vacation from westerns turned into a life changing move.

  57. Hello Vicki! I LOVE this post, and your bravery.

    I am an unpublished writer. I jumped genres big time during NaNoWriMo--from Inspirational romance (contemporary) to a spicier romantic suspense. It resulted in my first finished novel that has garnered some requests (no sales yet). I'm not sure I have a ton of suspense books in me, but I have three other connected books percolating, and it was fun to stretch myself creatively with the suspense element. But I still love writing contemporary inspirational romances. I don't know if I can do both professionally (at least not under the same name), but it's been fun playing in both pools.

    I would love to win one of the books. I reviewed Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade on my website--it was a lovely book, and Ms. Wade gained a fan in me. I'll take either of the others.

  58. I think, and I don't know this for sure, but I think you're more likely to lose a reader if they expect ROMANCE and you give them something else.
    Some people won't jump genres with you but if they do and they expect a romance and get a sad ending or a straight mystery or something without a happily ever after, I think that's when a reader feels the trust is broken.

    Maybe not, but the point is WARN THE READER IT'S A CHANGE. And nothing could be more clear than the cover on your book, it clearly shows what's coming.

  59. Vickie,
    Loved the video! So cute! So fun! The little stars were adorable too. I'm still smiling.

    Great insight into changing genres. A huge leap of faith, but one that worked well for you. Loved your mention of the freshness that comes with a new direction. Certainly something to ponder. Sometimes we do need a change of pace. I find writing short pieces helps to renew my muse.

    Congrats on your success!

  60. Vicki, I really needed this post. Although I'm not published yet, so I'm not branded, I've been writing historical westerns since I started writing last June, but recently I've started a contemporary story and I feel better about switching genres after reading this. Thank you!

  61. Hello Ms. ZeyZey! Best of luck with your writing career! Sometimes when we mix things up story-wise, we find where we really belong :)

    Excellent point, Mary! Especially about endings. As a die-hard romance fan, I'd be royally upset if a favorite author committed murder and mayhem and killed off the hero! I think this goes to voice and theme. An author can change things up, but she can't change so much that she becomes a completely different person--unless she changes her name--a lot :)

  62. Hi Debbie! The change definitely gave me fresh energy, plus it was fun to just write again. No guidelines! No deadlines! Just the joy of searching for the story.

    Hi Crystal! I'm glad the post helped! The main thing, I think, is to love your story and the characters.

  63. VICKI!!! I am sooooo sorry I am late today, but WOW, what a timely post for me, so THANK YOU!!

    My 10th historical will be released this October, but I told my editor I wanted to take a break from contracts and deadlines, so I'm switching gears in a BIG way -- disappearing off FB and all social media almost altogether, cutting way back on emails, putting my personal blog on hold ... AND switching genres from historicals to a contemporary!! And like you, I find it completely exhilarating!!

    I actually started this contemporary way back before I got published, but I only got a chapter or so written before I sold to Revell in a 3-book historical deal, sealing my fate as a historical writer.

    NOW I have the opportunity to finish that book at a time when contemporaries are hot and historicals are on the wane, which seems pretty good timing to me, so I'm excited!

    You said, "Readers will spot mistakes more easily" in a contemporary, and HOLY COW, you are SO right!! I didn't expect to have to do as much research on this contemp as I did on my historical, but I was wrong. At 63 years of age, I am sometimes pretty clueless as far as how young people think and talk today, so that's where my heavy-duty research is coming into play. Because frankly, if my heroine sounds more like a 63-year-old than a 28-year-old, then I'm in big trouble. Fortunately, I'm pretty immature, so that helps. ;)

    LOVED this blog today and LOVE, LOVE your cover and title. I will definitely be reading it, I promise, along with Becky's and Melissa's books, too, especially since I fell in love with Becky's last two novels, so that's primed my pump for reading more contemps.

    Good luck to you and God bless!


  64. Thanks for the post. I love to read different genres and always love hearing the stories behind how authors decide what stories to write next. Have a great day and please enter me in the drawing.

  65. Oh, Julie! I'm just blown away by the coincidences and the timing. The same thing happened with me . . . I started writing contemporaries but sold a historical and off I went.

    Speaking of research, I had a funny moment with my son. The hero in Until I Found You makes a reference to the band Nirvana. When my son read the book, he told me Nirvana was way off. I should have gone with Metallica. LOL! Next time I'll ask him for a music recommendation! At least I didn't use Springsteen, my own frame of reference!

    Can't wait to read your new work! There are exciting times ahead!

  66. Hello Tanya! It's always fun to talk about writing. I just love the whole process from start to finish, except maybe the proofreading . . . and the hair pulling moments! Good luck in the drawing!

  67. Wonderful post, Victoria! I made the same leap from western historical romances for the general market to contemporary romances for the Christian market. It takes some of us awhile to find our niche... :)

    No need to enter me in the giveaway! I'm already the owner of all three novels.

  68. LOL on the Springsteen, Vicki! :)

    Hi, Becky! So glad you stopped by!

  69. Vicki - I loved the video! Great concept and I'm enjoying the new fiction Bethany House is publishing. Seemed like it was only historicals for ages. Not that I have anything against them. I just like variety.

    I've followed authors from one genre to another. Typically if I like their voice I like it regardless of the genre.

    Please enter me in the drawing!

  70. Hi Becky! I can't wait to read Meant To Be Mine. It's next on the list!!!

    Hello Missy! Bruce rocks! Thunder Road and Born to Run, She's the One, Dancing in the Dark, Born in the USA and so many other!

    Hi Terri, It's funny now, but when I first decided to genre jump, I didn't even consider Bethany House because I associated them so heavily with historicals. Little did I know! Good luck in the drawing!

  71. Hi Victoria,
    I enjoyed your post and video. Kinda getting into videos these days. It feels like I'm having a conversation with an author. Thanks for your insights.

  72. LOL, VICKI ... it sounds like we have a WHOLE lot in common, girl!

    Had to laugh at your Nirvana faux pas ... I would have used them, too!!

    Now I run everything by my 26-year-old daughter and son-in-law, trying to figure out what guys call other guys. In my historicals, it was "old buddy," "old friend," "buddy boy," etc., but today it's WAY different. I just can't get in the groove with "dude" or "bro," but I'm trying. And I went with Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga because I know they're real hot right now. ;) I'm not a complete dweeb, I guess ... or maybe I should say,"derp." ;)


  73. Hi Lyndee, I know what you mean about videos. Bethany House has a YouTube channel with author interviews. I enjoy listening to them!

    LOL, Julie! I use my sons for research all the time. Weightlifting, fish tanks, car stuff, among other things. They both use "Dude" and "Bro," but I can't quite bring myself to use "dude." Plus the way language changes, it'll be as dated as "groovy" before we know it :)

  74. I do a lot of "genre jumping" as a reader. Love it!!