To many readers, the name Shel Silverstein (1930-1999) turns on the lights in their attics about poetry books for kids. But Silverstein had a long and varied career as a newspaper and magazine cartoonist, and as a songwriter: one of his hit songs was A Boy Named Sue.
Authors who keep to one genre of writing can certainly become specialists in their fields, although they’re also undertaking to search the same mine for new veins, in order to keep their output fresh. For some, this presents no problem: they were fortunate enough to have struck a mother lode, where their imaginations can excavate profitably for perhaps as long as a lifetime. Most end up moving mountains of slag, to produce each story.
For others, digging for more stories in the same genre feels claustrophobic: going down a dark mine shaft when they’d rather be working out in the open, traveling the territory and panning many streams. Some of these penman prospectors also look for precious gemstones among the genre pebbles, and by using literary lapidary, they can set these within their works, to lend additional color and light.
Authors in the second group are writing Fusion Fiction: a writing category that combines multiple genres within individual works, or across a writer’s corpora. Such cross-genre writing constitutes the synthesis of written thought: much as gems and precious metals are combined to make jewelry, and how rings, brooches, necklaces and diadems, taken together, constitute a monarch’s crown jewels.
If you’re writing Fusion Fiction, as a knowledgeable literary prospector, the written treasure you’re collating is no more a flash in the pan, than the collections of a skillful single-genre miner can be dismissed out-of-hand as fool’s gold. People want to read the kind of writing found in Fusion Fiction, but in a marketplace that’s been set up to favor single-genre works and writers, your style of storytelling is hard to find.
That’s why you’re invited to register your published writing for free promotion at the Fusion Fiction website. By coming together, writers who cross genre lines will raise their profiles and create an equitable marketplace for their unique works of Written Art. Like the existence of Shel Silverstein’s many cross-genre contributions, your literary legacy as a Fusion Fiction Author deserves to be known.