Monday, 15 April 2013
Jacks and Jills of all trades by Mary Smith
The other problem was not being able to find three more writers to tag in turn. You’d think it would be easy, wouldn’t you? Not least because I know several writers who have new work coming out soon. However, they’d either already taken part or they would like to but don’t have a blog.
The idea behind it is to generate publicity for new work and each person who blogs about their next big thing links back to the person who tagged them. As I am not going to blog about my far distant next big thing I thought I should at least provide a link to Anne’s blog as she was kind enough to give me the chance for a bit of promotion for my book.
Anne Stenhouse’s next big thing is a historical romance called Mariah’s Marriage, published by MuseitUp. Her one sentence synopsis reads: “When Mariah is knocked over by a pig her world of service to education collides with the privileged world of aristocrat, Tobias, and nothing is the same thereafter.” Sounds very intriguing. It comes out on May 3rd.
Here is the link to Anne’s Next Big Thing blog post where you can read more about Mariah’s Marriage. What you won’t see there is the additional exciting news that it has been shortlisted for the RNA’s Joan Hessayon New Writers' Scheme Award and Anne will be off to the RNA’s summer party where the awards are announced.
You are probably wondering about the title of this post and what it has to do with anything I’ve written so far. Well, I first knew Anne Stenhouse as a playwright – and now she is also a novelist. It got me thinking about how many of us try our hands at different forms of writing.
I had to introduce myself recently at a writing course I was teaching with Margaret Elphinstone and felt I was a bit of a Jack (or Jill) of all trades. I also wasn’t sure how to introduce myself. Am I a journalist who also writes books? Am I a writer who also works as a journalist? As a writer do I class myself as a novelist or a non-fiction writer – or a poet?
Jenny Harper is now writing novels but has been a non-fiction writer, a journalist and an editor. Gill Stewart writes novellas for People’s Fried (as Gillian Villiers) but also writes full length contemporary romance and is working on young adult fiction. It is not only women writers who mix and match. Michael Malone is a poet who also writes crime novels and has had a non-fiction book published recently.
What makes us decide to have a go at a different form of writing? Does it stem from being readers of all kinds of writing? Or, is it just that as we practice the art and craft of putting words on the page we enjoy moulding those words into different forms? What do others think? Do some writers stick to one form above all others?