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April 18, 2017


Elaine Viets

Laura, I understand the restlessness that makes writers want to experiment with new subgenres. I've written cozies, chicklit and now I'm going back to darker fiction. Experimentation keeps our writing fresh -- at least I hope it does.

Laura DiSilverio

I share your hope, Elaine!


I think I would mix it up more in my reading life if I could. I have too many cozies calling my name to think about it too hard, however. But differences do keep things fresh for the reader and the writer, so I appreciate it when I get to read a different twist on the genre.

Laura DiSilverio

You do so many reviews, Mark, that I'm astonished you read as many books as you do. I don't know where you find the time, in between working and running and everything else.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

I've actually wondered about this for you, Laura--but each time you try a new genre, you do it so beautifully!

What reactions have you had from readers? Are you seeing new readers--or your fans just reading another book from an author they love?

Laura DiSilverio

There's some reader crossover, but not as much as I would have thought, truthfully. Some readers are omnivores, who read many genres, but it seems like more readers have a genre or two that they're loyal to. I think I have largely separate audiences for the YA trilogy and my crime fiction, although there's more overlap between my cozy audience and my suspense/thriller audience. We'll see how many of those readers want to try The Empty Nesters Club when it comes out!

catriona mcpherson

I wrote two novels that weren't crime and was surprised to find out how sexist "women's fiction" publishing was (in the UK in the 2000s). I love the crime genre as a writer. As a reader, I think I read some of everything: hard science fiction, fantasy, crime of all kinds natch, romance, YA, poetry, literary fiction, scripts . . .

Deb Romano

I very rarely read romance, and mostly when I have, it's been by accident! I read traditional mysteries/cozies/suspense/thrillers/crime fiction. My favorite non-mystery genre is memoir. I went through a period when I read at least one a week, in addition to as many mysteries of any kind that I could fit into my schedule.


How do I read as many books as I do? I have no life.

Laura DiSilverio

Catriona--Tell me more about the sexism in women's fiction. What do you mean by that?

I'm like you with the reading. I read pretty much everything, including plays and poetry. My current read is WIT, a play. Highly recommend it.

Laura DiSilverio

Deb--I haven't read much memoir. What draws you to it? What's one of the best or most memorable that you've read?

Mark--Ah, the no life approach to getting something done. Been there, done that. :-)


Laura, I didn"t like the requirement for what I saw as extreme likeability/niceness in the characters and the disapproval of funny stuff as well as the disapproval of dark themes
It just seemed very restrictive. On day when I pointed to Nick Hornby as an example of where I thought my story fit there was a puzzlement
Because he's a man! I think it would be different here and now.

Deb Romano

Laura, I am most drawn to memoirs of people whose lives are totally different from mine. Some I have especially enjoyed are Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress-I can't remember the author's first name (Rhoda? Rhonda?) but I think her last name is Janzen. I usually rely on the website Story Circle Book Reviews for memoir recommendations.

Laura DiSilverio

Catriona--That's so interesting. I'm not sure the women in my Empty Nesters Club are all that nice. They do some questionable things.

Deb--I read Reading Lolita, but not the others. I've heard a lot about The Glass Castle, so I may give that a try. I've heard they're making a movie out of it.

Deb Romano

Laura, although I'm glad I read The Glass Castle, I don't think I could see a movie version of it.

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