I have been blessed (cursed?) with a bi-polar/schizophrenic Muse. Among her personalities is a six year old named Anna, a crusty old has-been wizard named Nebuchadnezzar, a horny little vixen we like to refer to as Musan, and a died in the wool fifty something romantic named Belle who loves hunks, kick ass heroines, and Rome. In the wings, also shouting for attention, are a rumpled sleuth, a ray gun totting alien, a “ghost” writer, and several others whom I haven’t met yet. ~Sigh~ It is very difficult to keep them all fed.
Currently, I’m working with my little vixen and the “ghost” writer. These two really don’t get along. They bicker constantly and give me such a headache. One takes my libido out for a ride and wants me to write about nothing but sex, sex, sex. It’s exhausting! The other just keeps me scared to death. It’s an interesting dichotomy.
I get asked a lot why I write in so many genres and my stock answer is usually because I read so many genres. I’ve never met a genre (or sub-genre) I didn’t like.
So, what about you? Here’s an opportunity for my lovely Rose City Romance Writer community to answer a few questions about the venerable Muse and all her personalities:
1. Do you find yourself fighting off the Schizophrenic Muse?
2. If not, how do you cope with all the personalities?
3. Do you change your name for each genre or do you keep your name on all of it?
So far, (~fingers crossed~ ~lucky dance~ ~positive thoughts~) my Muse only lets one or two personalities out at a time. I’m waiting for the day when I write a romantic paranormal sci-fi fantasy comedy children’s book where the protagonist is a wizard, the bad guy is a gun totting detective, and the heroine captains a spaceship full of six year olds who talk to dead people. Now, there’s a sub-genre for you! 🙂
2008 Releases: Starsight, Vol. I, Starsight, Vol. II, The Centurion & The Queen
The Edge of Honor, A Cup of Comfort for Single Mothers
2009 Releases: A Boy & His Wizard
2010 Releases: Starsight III: The Restless Seed, Starsight Prequel: The God Wars,
A Boy & His Lizard
Other Releases:The Gladiator Prince – TBA, Keenan’s Dilemma – TBA