Jun 11, 2010

Friendly Friday - Keith Fisher

Keith Fisher

I feel truly honored and a little intimidated to be a Friendly Friday guest here at Day Dreamer. It’s hard to follow so many talented writers.
So, what should I write about today? Well, let me introduce myself. I’m a fifty something year old kid who still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up. I write women’s fiction and three blogs a week. For a time, I was a blogger at Your LDS Neighborhood but still write occasional articles for that newsletter.
You can find me here:

A writer’s Eyes
LDS Writer’s Blogck
The Camp Cook in Your backyard
And at K N Fisher.com

When I began to write seriously, I tried to be the next Dean Hughes. Somewhere along the way, I realized most of my stories fit in the women’s fiction genre. Since I’m the only man in a critique group of six women, I stopped fighting the stigma and accepted my plight. Introducing myself reminds me of an Alcoholic’s Anonymous meeting, “Hi, I’m Keith, and I write women’s fiction.”
Recently, I read an article about combining genres. I learned about putting romance in a thriller and how new genres are popping up out of nowhere. The writer of the article suggested a warning and it got me thinking about all the different possibilities.

Those of you who attended the LDStorymakers writer’s conference will remember the video constructed from the story we created during James Dashner’s presentation at the previous conference. Basically, a girl was afraid of pigs but forced to feed them, she learns to love the dear little guys, then things get real strange.

Here’s a genre combination I came up with, Lassie goes looking for Timmy and finds he’s been kidnapped by a zombie cult and she has to rescue him. Meanwhile, Lassie falls in love with Benji, but she discovers he’s the axe murderer the zombies have hired to create more living dead. Heart broken, Lassie enlists the help of Captain Kirk of the Enterprise and Scotty beams Timmy out of the zombie lair, but it’s too late. Timmy starts turning the enterprise crew into zombies.
It’s okay, however, because Spock calculates the variables and they fly around the sun to go forward in time. The zombies take over the Borg and Timmy is the leader. Then, we find out that just before the ship warped around the sun, Lassie climbed into the transporter and ended up in Camelot and King Arthur gives her belly rubs twice a day.

As the book ends, Lassie finds a ring in the castle moat, heats it up, and discovers strange writing. Something is making her feel unusual, like the ring is talking to her.

Okay, I’ll stick to women’s fiction, but you can see how far genre combination can go. Can you just see the scene where Lassie tugs at Kirk’s shirtsleeve and takes him to the transporter?

“What’s that, Lassie?”
“Bark. Bark.”
“You say Timmy has been kidnapped?”
“Bark. Bark. Whine?”
“You need us to beam him up?”

Many writers are pushing the genre envelope and creating new markets. They are becoming the pioneers of those markets.

If you were to peruse my project file, you’d find stories in many different genres. Some are combinations. I’ve written historical, speculative, suspense, and even fan fiction. Most of them, however, have one thing in common. They’re written about women, dealing with women’s issues. Hence, the reason I’ve focused on that genre.

I’ve learned that focus is what gets published. I’ve seen many writers over the years who claim to write in many genres. It’s true, Some authors have accomplished it, but try to put yourself in the shoes of a publisher. You spend a lot of time, talent, and money, marketing an author in one genre. It’s hard to start over and switch markets. Besides the hard work, readers get disappointed. Would you read a romantic comedy written by Stephen King?

If I had one piece of advice to offer from a non-published writer, it would be, get comfortable in a genre and perfect those skills. If your genre is a combination, make it an art form. You might be the next Stephanie Meyer.

Thank you for the opportunity to rant over here. If you get a minute, come see me on one of my other blogs. As Steve Smith say’s on the PBS Red Green Show, “I’m pulling for you. We’re all in this together.”

ROFL!! I totally LOVE your storyline about Lassie. You might just have something there. Thanks for being my guest, Keith. I've been looking forward to having you here. You're such a great guy. LOVED getting to know you better at Conference. I highly recommend to all my fans and followers, go check out all of Keith's blogs and hang out with him for a while. You won't be disappointed.

My guest next week will be Cindy Beck.


  1. LOL! Keith, you're the best. =] I love your writing--even when it's silly.

  2. Keith - I totally love your Lassie falls in love with Benji and the rest of the story! So funny! =)

    And I totally agree - become great at writing in your genre of choice.

  3. This comment was sent via email from Jane Still.

    Hey Christine I tried twice to post a comment it wouldn't go so here it is :)
    Hey Keith I appreciate the advice about perfecting a genre. I was lamenting the fact that I would probably never write anything but humor. Loved the article thanks :)

  4. Love the Lassie genre match-up! Heck, I'd watch it. Great thoughts about genres. Maybe why I love speculative fiction is because it's such a wide-open genre with room for almost anything.

  5. This made me smile! Great job, Keith. Keep up the good work!

  6. Keith is an awesome writer and an inspiration to all who know him.

  7. Keith, you've got me thinking! I have just had my first novel published and it is a romantic, adventurous, military romp with a strong heroine. Novel 2 is being polished and is a little darker, and encompasses a few generations rather than a six month period. Novel 3 is utterly different again - a Victorian, thriller/ murder mystery with some supernatural elements! Now I do take your point about sticking to one genre but I have a lot of weird stuff trying to get out of my head... are nom de plumes the answer?