Monday, June 20, 2016

The road less traveled

There’s a funny meme on social media that says: “I took the road less traveled, and now I don’t know where the hell I am.”

That pretty much sums up my current state, writing-wise. For the past two years, I’ve taken a fairly sharp turn away from romance. More like a 180 turn, actually—back toward the stories I fell in love with as a kid. I was a fangirl of Ray Bradbury, J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, and a few years later, Margaret Atwood, T.C. Boyle, Michael Chabon and a million others across the story spectrum. I never read only one genre.

When I write, I love to mash subgenres, but it’s been difficult to write in only one genre. Editors have prodded me from the beginning to add more sex scenes, and when I do, they still want more. More body parts, they say. And sometimes it reads a bit strained, to me. I prefer the emotional side of relationships.

And while I still believe all good stories have a love story at their hearts, I need to stretch into other genres. The two novels I’ve written over the last two years are definite stretches, one a futuristic novel and the other a magical realism.

And I have so many more ideas for more stories like those. Another futuristic. Another magical realism. A women’s ficion. A screenplay, though I’ve been avoiding that story because it runs to the dark side. Once I figure out a way to shine some light into it, I will go back to it because it’s a very powerful story.

I’m grateful for every reader and friend I’ve made along this journey. The generosity of the writing community has always been a warm and comforting safety net in this sometimes difficult business.

It’s definitely not goodbye, because I love all the stories I’ve written these past six years more than I can say. They are a part of my heart, and I hope new readers continue to find them and hopefully love them.

For now, future stories are splitting onto different paths. I hope you will all love those stories just as much as those I’ve already written.

I hope to still see you all along the way. I’m using my original pen name of C.A. Masterson for some stories, and I’m posting book news at my Painted Fire site: It’s not so much a blog as a place to share information.

And I’m on Facebook at  (and less often at because author pages tend to be hidden in the news feed).

And with a few events coming up, including a signing at Cupboard MakerBooks and York Book Expo, I’ll still be here as Cate Masters.

It’s an exciting and somewhat scary time. I don’t know where it will lead, but I feel good things are coming.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You need to go in the direction your writing is taking you.

Cate Masters said...

Yes, I wholeheartedly believe that as well.

DMS said...

It sounds like you are following your heart- and that is a good thing. Even if at times we aren't sure where we are on our path- we figure it out eventually. Looking forward to reading more of your writing. :) Best of luck on your new journey!

Cate Masters said...

I am, Jess, and it feels wonderful. Thanks!