I’m thrilled to welcome Deborah of Books, Movies and Chinese Food to Word Lily today! She shares my appreciation for Rene Gutteridge and her books, so I’m excited she chose to participate in Rene Gutteridge Week. Plus, I feel like she kind of educates me on the subject of genres in this post. :P Thanks again, Deborah!
I love when an actor who is known for comedy suddenly does a 180 and gives a knockout performance in a serious drama. Not only is the audience caught completely off guard, they are blown away by the incredibly depth of the acting range of that actor. It shows how good an actor that person is because they are able to make the audience forget that they are seeing a guy known for crude slapstick who instead has become fully immersed in a completely different role.
It’s the same thing with an author who can write well in different genres. Rene Gutteridge is one of those authors. Romantic suspense, comedy, chick lit, women’s fiction, screenplay adaptations, she’s done it all. I was first introduced to her writing several years ago by a list of authors that author Camy Tang had put on her website. She had listed several of Rene’s books that should be read, so I figured, well I’ll give her a shot. My first taste of her books was Ghostwriter. And to this day that is my favorite of all her books. I won’t spoil the plot at all but it was such a page turner for me. The remarkable part for me as well was that there were TWO stories being told at the same time. Not just two plots taking place with different characters but a book being written within a book. And I always have high respect for authors who are able to juggle two completely different story lines into one manuscript. From then, I was sold. I knew I had to read more of Gutteridge’s books.
After Ghostwriter I read: Boo (small town charm, often called “Mitford on Steroids”) and its sequels, My Life as a Doormat (chick lit), The Storm series (romantic suspense), The Occupational Hazard series (I call this comedy) as well as several other stand alone books. ALL of them are written well and are distinct from each other. There are some authors who try to write in different genres — say, historical fiction and mystery — but you can still see them using the same formula, same plot devices in the books. With Rene’s books, they are different from each other, almost to the point where you don’t realize it’s the same author. However, I can’t explain it, but there’s still a certain trademark where you know it’s her books. She is one of my go-to authors, the ones where I know that I will enjoy the book no matter what genre she’s writing in.
Thanks so much, Deborah! And, friends? If you read Christian fiction and don’t follow her fabulous blog, you’re seriously missing out.
Thanks to Tyndale, I have three copies of Gutteridge’s latest, Possession [my review], to give away this week. And one of those giveaways is now! Enter to win a copy of Possession by Rene Gutteridge by leaving a comment on this post. (One entry per person per giveaway; sorry, U.S. only.) I’ll accept entries through Friday, January 28, 2011. The first giveaway is still open, as well.
Edited to add: This giveaway is now closed. See who won.
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