Genres, Pen Names & Christmas Planning

I’ve quizzed the subject of genres and pen names before, but here I go again.

Seven Dirty Words is pretty much finished now (watch this space!!), and while I am still toying with the idea of writing a sequel or two, my brain is absolutely buzzing with plots.  So here’s the question: Can you write to too many genres?  I think my heart still lies with crime and thrillers, although writing smut is fun and I do have a fascination with the paranormal and fantasy worlds.  But should I venture out of my comfort zone (currently adult / contemporary / erotic romance) and attempt at becoming the next female James Patterson, or perhaps try to rival Kelley Armstrong?  Or should I stay where I am and continue with my envy of E.L. James and her billions?  Decisions, decisions…

Of course, then there is the question of names.  Should I just use my name against any book I write, or like so many other authors, should I choose a pseudonym for different genres?  This is a debate I have with myself on a frequent basis.  As in almost daily.

I have started writing a fantasy / paranormal, which I suppose does have an element of chilling thriller in there.  Or it certainly does in my head.  But writer’s block has struck the Howard household.  I am blaming this on having the last 5 weeks off due to surgery and bed-rest.  Do I struggle on or do I start afresh?  My brain really doesn’t know where to start or end right now.  (Or should that be ‘write’ now??)

Planning for Christmas really isn’t helping matters.  With two young children, trips to see Santa, making and putting up decorations, and secret shopping is taking up plenty of my time.  I know many writers who take a break during the holidays but, as I’ve proven over the past month, taking a break for me means not being able to start again.  I feel a bit like a stalled engine in the freezing cold…  (ooh good analogy.  Nobody steal that.)

Oh well, I guess things will pick up in the New Year and eventually I will make a decision…

Merry Crimbo and Happy New Year to everyone!

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