EXCERPT from "One Writer Many Genres" by Ryan M. Williams in Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction
In the mood for a sweet romance? Solving a fiendish murder? Taking a spaceship off to the uncharted reaches? Writing in multiple genres brings a multitude of rewards to writers, along with a few cautions.
A reader finds a mystery and falls in love with the clever cat detective, so she goes out and buys every other book the writer has written. When the new book comes out she rushes to the store for the exclusive midnight release and discovers that the cat is gone, replaced by a vampire, and it isn't even a mystery anymore, but a romance.
Does she jump up and down with a squeal of happiness?
His rap sheet reads like a small-time crook with a half-dozen aliases. As Ryan M. Williams writes the scifi Moreau Society series including Dark Matters and The Gingerbread House. Writing as Ryan M. Welch he has authored his mystery fiction, like the Poe-inspired cat cozy novelette The Murders in the Reed Moore Library. Other aliases include Tennessee Hicks (urban & dark fantasy), and R.M. Haag (horror fiction). His education includes a master of arts degree from Seton Hill University and the successful completion of the master class taught by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. He lives in Western Washington with his wife and son.