Can Authors Write In Different Genres?

Diverse Disciplines: Fielding the Field

by Catherine Jordan 

Can authors write in different genres?

As a writer, if you haven’t already tried your hand within other categories, you should—genre blending is on the rise. The mixture of themes and elements is not new. But as a horror writer, I’m seeing calls for horror comedies (I recently watched Netflix’s Le Manoir/The Mansion, a hysterically funny horror), historical horror (Alma Katsu’s disturbing, The Hunger, was based on the Donner Party), horror romance (Warm Bodies, a zombie romance by Isaac Marion), and horror mystery (Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects—the who-dun-it is horrific and features the most evil women on the planet).