The International Thriller Writers wrote a review of my latest book, "Cornerstone" in the June edition of The Big Thrill, the ITWs online magazine. The reviewer brought up some interesting points and I thought I would ask your opinion.
Derek Gunn states that sub-genres; such as, Christian thriller
tend to pigeon-hole the author and may weed out potential readers who just might
love the book. Is he correct in his view? Idealistically speaking . . . yes.
Practically speaking . . . I don't know.
Here is my dilemma with placing
my books in the right category. My first series (the Trilogy of the Chosen and
Cornerstone, the continuation of the Phantom Squad Series) has a spiritual or
Christian backbone running through it. Do I as the writer have a responsibility
to let potential readers know that this exists or should I be vague and let the
unexpected purchase the books? There are two possible scenarios. First, the
reader may be pleasantly surprised at the references and it may add to their
enthusiasm for the book. Second, the reader will be put off by the references
and may never want to pick up another book written by me again.
been given conflicting advice from many industry insiders. Some say that for an
author to compete with the biggest names, they must use sub-genres to get
noticed. It helps the reader find you among the thousands of books being
released. The other side, much like this reviewer, states that it cuts off a
potential audience from reading a great book. I feel as if I'm damned if I do
and damned if I don't. Mr. Gunn makes a great point in that if my books are to
be labeled Christian than shouldn't Dan Brown's be also. Hmm?
Here is the
link to the review. Read it and tell me what you think.
you go to the site, click on Cornerstone for the review.
I look forwards
to your comments.
Until next time,