I was asked how I went from writing horror to the paranormal romance. I didn’t know how to answer that at first, because I never saw myself as only a horror writer, and I am not sure what I am writing now is solely paranormal romance. I’m a multi-genre author. Always have been and always will be.
That being said, here is what I came up with.
Long ago I started writing novels. I only knew how to write novel length stories and the idea of short stories terrified me.
But that was a long time ago…
Back in 2007-2008, I had joined a local writer’s group that was chaired by Jonathan Maberry and affiliated with the Horror Writers Association (HWA).
Upon joining, Jonathan encouraged me to write a horror short story that was good enough to be published so I could officially join the HWA. Shortly afterwards, I had my first officially published work. My early works were in the horror and erotic genres. Sex and scares. Fun stuff for a writer. But that’s not all I wrote. I wrote epic and dark fantasy too.
A few years later, when my first novels were being published in the fantasy genre, I kept writing horror short stories. I did so for several reasons. Basically, I wanted to keep honing my skills. I also wanted to have a lot of work published, and the short stories I was writing were being printed in anthologies and as e-books. Some by request (nothing like being asked to write for an anthology).
Jonathan said something to me back when we first met, he said never allow yourself to be forced into one corner as an author. Never allow yourself to be labeled as one thing. So I didn’t.
In all my queries to agents, I referred to myself as a “multi-genre author”. It’s the most realistic way of describing myself, I feel.
At the moment, I’m trying to rebrand myself away from a strictly fantasy novel writing author. It seemed like my fantasy novels, which were sub-par by my own perfectionist standards, were given more weight by readers than all the horror shorts and novelettes I had done and even won awards for.
I have written other novels, ones that are in other genres, and they are being represented by my agent… but have not found publishers yet. Why? Not sure. But I don’t want it to be based on people thinking I can or only will write one genre.
So I decided it was time one of my newer, and more representative of my style, books came out. One way or another! And it turned out self publishing it would be the best step in beginning my rebranding.
ONE SMOKING HOT FAIRY TAIL is an urban fantasy, paranormal romance, action-adventure thriller with elements of horror and straight up fantasy. How’s that for multi-genre?
It’s one of the books I’m most proud of because I really feel it shows off my style best. And it also shows how I truly love and respect these genres.
See description below:
But Cade loses his camera and the video is posted online, ruining Sabrina’s life. After a year of nursing her wounds, she resurfaces only to find herself hunted for her wings.
The lives of all unearthly beings are at stake—fairies, windigos, mummies, and elemental spirits, caught up in a frightening flood of events that threaten their discovery. Sabrina and Moselle, a sex-starved mummy and the daughter of a wealthy businessman, find themselves in the middle of the conflict, forced to take drastic action to protect their identities and lives.
In trying to save themselves can they also prevent the United States from falling into the hands of an evil mind with horrible intentions?
Another book, which my agent is pitching, is a Dark Fantasy, Viking-Age, Historical Fiction with strong elements of romance and horror. See, multi-genre.
When I wrote that book I was challenged to go all out. To not hold back. I didn’t….well maybe I held back 5-10%. :-)
So I sincerely hope all who are reading this give my new work a chance. So far it has been received well, and getting good reviews. But as an artist, I live for feedback. If you read my work, email me, let me know what you think.
Write Makes Might! ~Kevin James Breaux
About the Author:
Kevin James Breaux is an award-winning author and artist. He has over eight years of professional writing credit, including short stories and novels and has completed seven books.
He is a member of the Horror Writers Association, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and the Erotic Authors Association.
Breaux has a growing fan base, including foreign markets in Great Britain and other parts of Europe, and has never stopped striving to better himself as an author as well as to encourage his fellow writers. His motto is Write Makes Might! He is passionate about his craft, while understanding that writing is his business.
Breaux is represented by Marisa A. Corvisiero, the founder of the Corvisiero Literary Agency.
"Kevin Breaux takes no prisoners! This is raw, funny,
edgy, unapologetic and highly weird. Buckle up."
-Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of Patient Zero and Kill Switch.