Friday, April 05, 2013
Writing: Choosing A Genre
Yesterday, I was featured on the blog of fellow author Candace Calvert, so I decided to return the favor and ask her how she chose the genre in which she writes. Here's her answer:
glimpse the hearts behind the stethoscopes."
blog I'll be featured on April 15, the same question. Here's what she said: "Why do I write in the suspense/thriller genre? To have readers experience the adrenaline rush of the ER in a much safer environment."
To make it three-for-three, let me add that I decided to write medical thrillers because 1) I've read thrillers for fun since my teens, and 2) I practiced medicine for more than a third of a century, the last decade as a professor at a prestigious medical school. So I was able to write with a certain amount of confidence about the area. I might have to look up some things to be sure I was current, but I was sure I could portray the emotions and actions of medical professionals pretty well.
Austin Boyd, hasn't been to the moon or Mars, but he writes excellent fiction about space exploration. He's not a physician, but writes about medical ethics. He just has to work at it. And he does it well.
Can you think of examples of people who write about things in which they have no experience?
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