Friday 18 November 2016

Guest Post: Writing Out of Your Comfort Zone by Marie Lavender

When I was a kid, I dreamed of becoming a novelist. I knew from a young age that storytelling was my thing. Scenes played out in my head, and it was my job to get them on the page. I was that girl, going around telling everyone, “I want to be a writer!”

As I grew up, I was influenced by romantic comedy films and romance novels. As I began to get interested in various subgenres of romance, I could feel the possibilities unfold. My writer’s mind was opening bit by bit. When I finally self-published my work starting in 2010, there was a good range of tales, from literary fiction and poetry, to contemporary romance or romantic suspense, even paranormal romance. There were even some romantic mysteries. In 2012, I was discovered by Solstice Publishing, and through them, I published historical romance, lighthearted romantic fantasy, even launched a paranormal romance/urban fantasy series, Blood at First Sight. My stories in progress? They’re all over the place as well, from romantic suspense to dystopian romance, more historical romance, time travel romance, erotic romance, even a six-book romantic comedy series. The list goes on.

Last year, I decided to reinvent myself as a writer. Why? Because out of nowhere, it seemed, my story ideas quickly took on a life of their own. Categorizing them had become difficult. I was crossing multiple genres. In July of 2015, I published a children’s fantasy novella, A Little Magick. Writing the story was a little daunting at first, but it was fun and so worth it! This was so far from my usual scope of storytelling that I knew I had to take a step back and reevaluate some of my priorities. I adore writing or reading about romance, and that will likely never change. But I knew I could no longer consider myself just a romance author. I took a look at my 117+ works in progress, and I knew something big had changed, whether or not I realized it right away. This writing journey was a constant evolution. I thought of the cocky writer who’d brushed off her professor’s advice in college, yet now it truly resonated with me.

“Don’t limit yourself to one genre.”

Truer words were never spoken. Suddenly I knew how to define myself in my writing career. I learned to open my mind further, to wherever the muse wanted to take me.

And here I am, just tackling the launch of the Code of Endhivar Series with Blue Vision, my first foray into science fiction (yeah, I never saw that coming!) with a strong element of romance. My mind is awake, open and ready to receive, to go in any direction, even if it’s a little scary to approach at first. Will I ever write horror or non-fiction novels? I’ve learned that life often has a way of both surprising and challenging us. So, maybe the muse will take me there someday.

In the meantime, I am comfortable with who I am. A sometimes weird, romantic visionary…I am a multi-genre author, and that’s all right with me.

About Marie Lavender

Bestselling multi-genre author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 21 other books. March 2016 Empress of the Universe title - winner of the "Broken Heart" themed contest and the "I Love You" themed contest on Poetry Universe. SECOND CHANCE HEART and A LITTLE MAGICK placed in the TOP 10 on the 2015 P&E Readers' Poll. Nominated in the TRR Readers' Choice Awards for Winter 2015. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. The Versatile Blogger Award for 2015. Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial's Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader's Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 10 Authors on Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 22 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several anthologies. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love series, The Magick series, The Code of Endhivar series and The Blood at First Sight series.

To find out more about Marie, visit her website or her Amazon author page.

Brooke Sanders just wants to get away from her life for awhile. A remote cabin in Montana fits the bill. She doesn’t expect to encounter a mysterious stranger with unusual blue eyes, or events that cannot be explained…

Colin Fielding is on a mission – scout a planet and return home to Endhivar. Simple really. What he doesn’t anticipate is that fate has a pretty twisted sense of humor. Suddenly, this human calls to him, every part of him, like the call of a true mate, and he can’t deny the connection as he gets closer to her.

Little do they know, someone is out to do them harm, as well as the world Brooke holds so dear. Can they stop what’s coming before it’s too late? Or will the universe lose a perfect gem?

Blue Vision will be released on 15th November.

What do you think about multiple genre authors? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. Thanks so much for letting me write a guest post for your blog! I appreciate it! :)

    1. You're very welcome, Marie! Thank you for contributing :)