I think there’s a reason why writers usually stick to a specific genre. At some point in every writer’s past there was ‘The Book’.
The one that got them hooked- not just on reading…but on letting their imaginations wander even after the book was closed and storyline played out- the one that had them creating their own worlds and scenarios and characters before they’d ever picked up a pen and paper or opened a writing doc. And in many cases, there wasn’t just ‘The Book’, but ‘The Author’ as well.
For me, this was L.J. Smith, Christopher Pike, and R.L. Stine.
I read ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and ‘The Secret Circle’ in the mid nineties and they got me hooked on everything teen paranormal and supernatural. Some of you might remember the old-school cover art. In truth I almost prefer them to the newer versions!
Christopher Pike’s series were more magical realism and a bit mature for my age but I devoured them too.
And R.L. Stine’s cheerleader series scared the crap out of me. I’ll never forget the cheerleader who was hot-watered to death in the girls’ locker room.
After those, YA was my preferred genre. I might have gone on a classic lit kick in college. And I still have a soft spot for romance and chick-lit. But I always come back to YA. And when I write, YA is the place I like to be.
Needless to say, I was ecstatic when I heard the CW would be picking up L.J. Smith’s ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and I’m even more excited to see what they do with ‘The Secret Circle’. I read both of these series over and over growing up and fell in love with the characters every time.
What book or author got you hooked on your preferred writing genre?