Join us as Jeff Adams goes Outside the Margins.
What’s in a Genre?
I’ve published gay romance since 2009 and it’s only been in the past two years that I’ve started to create more as I move from writing being a hobby into writing being the thing I want to do.
As I’ve talked to authors, from inside and outside of the gay romance realm, I’ve received various, conflicting advice about crossing genre lines. I believe I write in two sub-genres—adult gay romance and young adult gay romance (and, if you want to split hairs, I suppose you could say some of it’s new adult)—with all of my stories falling into the general contemporary category. If you wanted to dig down further, seven of my nine titles feature athletes while the other two don’t really relate to sports at all.
I’ve tended to follow authors more than how their work fits in a genre. Of course, some authors are tied to their genres. Stephen King and horror/suspense are bound together, but he’s also written a non-fiction and even his horror has nuances. David Levithan writes in young adult, but I think he writes very different books each time out. Two Boys Kissing is not like Every Day and is not like The Lover’s Dictionary. I’ve yet to find a Levithan book I didn’t love and he’a auto-buy for me.
Plus not all authors can deliver all the time. I fell in love with Michael Chabon after reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and then went backwards to read his earlier work and continued to follow him forwards. Each book—Wonder Boys, Summerland, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, and others—told very different stories and I’m not even sure how to really classify him in a genre. However, Chabon’s 2012 book, Telegraph Avenue, just didn’t click for me. I tried to stay with it, but ultimately I put it aside. That book, however, won’t prevent me from auto-buying his next book. I continue to pick up titles from his back catalog, too (one of the best things, by the way, about moving back to northern California are the awesome used book stores in this area).
I’d like to hear from the people reading this post. How do you feel about author’s moving genres? If they’re a favorite do you take a chance and hop with them or do you skip the genre hopping book and wait for them to return to what you know? From my point of view, there is no wrong answer here, I’m just curious what everyone thinks (and I’m hoping this isn’t an incendiary question either because I’m not looking to start a fire).
On a side note, I released a new YA romance a couple weeks ago. Flipping for Him fits my existing genres of YA as well as books-with-athletes (just to put it in perspective with my post above). You can check out the new title below.
Title: Flipping for Him
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Kevin McCollum is a high school junior with the usual things on his mind: getting good grades, having fun, and finding a boyfriend.
On a warm afternoon, while studying in Central Park, Kevin notices a guy practicing parkour—jumping on rocks, running up trees, doing flips. Kevin’s a fan of the sport, and many of the hot guys he’s seen do it on TV. After watching “parkour guy” for several days, Kevin is surprised when Shin comes over to introduce himself.
As the two begin dating, cultures clash when Shin’s parents reveal their expectations that he date only Japanese boys. Pressures mount and Kevin isn’t sure how he can fight to keep Shin when the opposition are his parents and traditions.
Is their twenty-first century love doomed before it even truly begins?
~ Jeff Adams
About Jeff Adams
Jeff Adams is the author of the Hat Trick series of young adult/new adult stories. He’s also the author of several m/m romance shorts. Jeff and his husband, Will, live in the rural peace of Northern California. Besides writing about hockey in many of his stories, he covers the Detroit Red Wings, and reviews books that feature gay hockey players, for PuckBuddys.com (http://www.PuckBuddys.com). You can learn all about Jeff’s writing at jeffadamswrites.com (http://www.jeffadamswrites.com/). You can also follow him on Twitter @hockeyguynyc https://twitter.com/hockeyguynyc). and sign up for his email list (http://eepurl.com/7TJC9) to get the latest updates.
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