Every once in awhile I get an itch for change. More than anything, I change my hair color and the look of this blog. Two weeks ago I added blond highlights to my hair. Today--a blog makeover. I changed the background and colors and font, added character profiles to the GVD page.
My multi-talented sister, Elle J Rossi, created the new banner above. Cool, huh? More on that in a minute. Two weeks from now I have an appointment with my fabulous website designer, Rae Monet. We're going to discus a whole new look for my website. For once, it's not just because I have an "itch". It's because, although I love the present hip, adventure, contemporary look, it no longer reflects my upcoming body of work.
In 2012 I'm debuting two new series. THE CUPCAKE LOVERS--contemporary from St. Martin's Press. And THE GLORIOUS VICTORIOUS DARCYS--steampunk romantic fiction from NAL (Penguin). In 2013, I'm participating in a Christmas anthology with authors, Heather Graham, Deborah LeBlanc, and Kathleen Pickering--paranormal romance from Harlequin Nocturne. In addition to that literary smorgasbord, my backlist also involves historical westerns, a subgenre I adore and could well venture back into at some point.
When writing in different sub-genres, some writers prefer to use different pennames. I didn't go that route. As I think toward the future and the ever popular concept of "author branding", it occurs to me that I should embrace my diversity. A website and a blog that highlight all my work--past, present, and future. I look forward to my web designer's next creation and will let you know as soon as it's live.
Regarding this blog... Gone are the days where I contribute a post on a daily or even weekly basis. Happily, I'm contracted for several books and the majority of my time and energy goes there. I thought it would be more truthful and advantageous to use this "space" for NEWS & EXTRAS. Since I want all readers to have one central place to check in, I'll be deleting the GVD Steamblog. All news regarding all sub-genres will be right here. Extras include character profiles for both new series. There's a page for The Cupcake Lovers and a page for The Darcys. See the tabs above. The Cupcake profile is still a work in progress, but you can peek in. The Darcys are fun. Check them out. More Extras forthcoming.
Since I'm reinventing myself in a way, I've decided to streamline my social networking, pouring time and energy into the ones that work best for me, where people are more interactive, and where I have the most fun. For doses of daily life, pics, musings, and fun questions and quotes join me on FACEBOOK! I'm there more than I should be. Such fun keeping up with everyone. I'm also active on TWITTER, although not nearly to the extent of FB. MySpace is history and Google+ is fast on its heels.
Before I go, I want to give a special nod and thanks to my sister, Elle J Rossi. She's not only an extremely talented singer and writer, but she's also a gifted photographer and digital artist. She created my new header banner that you see above--reflective of all my worlds. I love it!
So what do think? Do you like my new look? Do you read the works of other authors who write in multiple genres? If so, who?