Guys I’m so excited to share this with you! As most of you probably know, Kellyn has been a long time inspiration for me and one of my favorite authors. I still think the best part about being a blogger/indie author is being able to get to know some amazing authors and share about their work! So- let’s get right into what Kell has to say!
Hello readers! I’m Kellyn Roth, author of The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, and I’m so excited to be here today chatting about historical fiction and my struggles with writing an “uncool” genre.
First of all, thanks so much to Loretta for letting me come on here and talk about one of my favorite things—writing books! I really appreciate her letting me do this along with all her hard work on this launch (and ones previously). *applauds Loretta*
Second … well, let’s just get into it. 😉
I’m nineteen, but I started writing when I was seven. Since I was eleven, my primary focus has been on one genre: historical fiction.
I started writing historical fiction because I read an awesome classic novel (A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter) that made me want to imitate it. Given that that classic novel was published and set around 1909, historical fiction swiftly became my go-to genre.
I read it, I write it, I chat about it, and I watch period dramas with all the passion of any fangirl. And, though I have many friends, some of them my age, who enjoy the genre … let’s be honest. It’s not cool, is it?
Historical fiction as a genre tends to be for the older folks. Cool teens write fantasy, dystopian, science fiction, maybe the occasional moody contemporary. From the very beginning of my writing career, I felt that pressure.
My audience wasn’t necessarily my writer friends. Because of that, it took me twice as long to find my tribe—and even so, many or most of my closest writer friends don’t prefer my specific niche.
And, after a lot of grouching and grumping, I’ve come to be okay with that.
Not that I ever wasn’t down for being unique. I’m one of those weirdos who didn’t go through that “oh, no, I’m different!” stages. But I am one of those weirdos who cares just as much about doing things properly as doing things I love.
I wanted to reach people. The right people! And I wanted to be someone who could be looked up in my genre … not some weird young kid writing books that only people way too old to want to read a teenager’s novels would actually enjoy.
However, even though I still think that—for most teenagers—historical fiction is not a hugely appealing genre … I was wrong about the reach of the audience.
People of all ages enjoy historical fiction. Perhaps more importantly, people of all ages enjoy books written by people from every stage of life. Just because I was—and am—young didn’t mean adults couldn’t read and enjoy my novels.
Furthermore, I have been mostly wrong about my peer’s opinions. Just because I write “boring historical fiction” doesn’t mean that they won’t find my accomplishments impressive, and it doesn’t make me any less of a writer in their eyes.
Even if my peers don’t mostly love my books, that doesn’t mean I’m not another teen writer. And, though I may have some small road blocks, I have so many advantages from writing a different genre, too. There are pros and cons of any niche!
So, dear reader, my takeaway is this: write what you want, but not to be unique, and not to fit in, and not because you were told to, and not because you were told not to.
But because there is space for your style, for your genre, for your crazy ideas, for your tame love story on this earth! The literary world is a continually shifting and growing one.
Don’t think there isn’t a space for you! *pats bench beside me* There’s a seat saved.
Anyways, that was my semi-cheesy analogy, but it holds true! There’s space in your genre. There’s a niche for you out there. Don’t give up for any reason—even if you’re not cool and clever like all those smarties who know how to create an entire world. (*squints* HOW DO YOU DO THAT?!)
Thanks again for tolerating my presence.
God keep you all—and TTFN!
Kell’s newest release, Becoming Miss Knight, is going to be shared about all through February. If you want to sign up and join the team, you can do so here! It’s open all the way until February 15th- and everyone is entered in a giveaway for a $20 gift card.
You can find Kell all over the internet, but I’ve linked most of them here:
Like I said, all over the place, you should hop over to visit her and check out her books! That’s all I have for today, look out for the beginning of a series of posts about The Runaway Princess starting on Sunday and continuing through the week.
As always, remember to like, comment, or share, whatever floats your boat! Until next time!