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A lot of authors write in more than one genre. Some use pen names for the switch, others don’t. For example, La Nora write various types of romance (contemporary, paranormal, historical) as Nora Roberts, and mysteries (often with romance) under the name J.D. Robb. Stephanie Meyer — er, writes — YA paranormal and sci-fi thriller…sort of…and uses the same name. Anne Rice has written historical and horror, and erotica under the pen names Anne Rampling and A.N. Roquelaire.
Stephen King became Richard Bachman for awhile (but wrote the same kinds of books). Clive Barker, John Grisham, and “James Patterson” (no one’s ever sure which books Patterson actually writes any more) have all released YA titles under their own names, after successfully writing various types of adult fiction. Neil Gaiman writes novels, screenplays, comics, and graphic novels for adults, children, rag dolls, and aliens — but he’s Neil Gaiman and can do whatever he wants.
All of these authors have one thing in common: They were well-known before they branched out to other genres. But what about not-so-famous authors? Would it turn you off to discover a writer that no one’s ever heard of before, and then learn that said writer was a genre whore who (mostly) used the same name for different genres?
–S.W. Vaughn, non-famous genre whore