Genre Dinner?

Yup. A Genre Dinner. It sounds like so much fun. Picture this: a room full of people dressed up in the genre they’ve written. Perhaps even as one of the characters in their novel. Too cool.

Close your eyes and imagine what it looks like. There are so many genres represented, how many can you pick in this crowd? The pictures below show what I see. I made up the others.

At the back, a Sci-Fi writer, dressed up as the commander of a spaceship, is surrounded by a robot, an alien, and some other space invaders I can’t identify.

To the left, historical writer Pamela Meyers, is wearing a lovely hat and a very nice jacket. She’s in deep conversation with a western writer, wearing a red cowboy hat… (sorry, cowgirl!), and a sheriff’s star pinned to her vest.

pamela meyers

To the right of the room, an Amish/Romance writer is wearing a white bonnet; her long dress covered with a white apron. She’s staring deep into the eyes of a young man, who’s wearing a black hat, and stripped suspenders over his checkered flannel shirt. He’s very handsome.

At the table behind them, Deborah Raney, and Ken, are dressed as Indy & Anna Jones. Love it! So original.

deborah indy and anna

There’s even a children’s writer wearing a polka dot dress. She has bright yellow braids tied with big pink bows. She has large red circles on her cheeks, and freckles on her nose. She’s adorable. I bet kids love her stories. This is so much fun.

And there’s Karen Barnett and Michelle Ule dressed in 1920s garb to celebrate the release of Mistaken in 2013.

Karen Barnett and Michelle Ule

Those who write contemporary fiction, like Ane Mulligan (l) for example, seen here with her critique partner Michelle Griep (r), may dress in beautiful evening gowns, which could very well be what their characters wear!

ane and michelle

There are many options for each genre. I can’t named them all, or this post would be too long. I try to stay within 500 words. But I need to mention one more. That’s where you come in.

What in the world does a suspense writer dress as? What does a he/she even look like?

I write suspense, and try as I may, I couldn’t come up with anything. I went to Google and searched for the perfect costume. I think I found one. But before I reveal it, let’s have some fun.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think Suspense? Colombo? Spyglass? What do you see as the perfect costume for a story that involves a deaf child, a kidnapper, and a young mother devastated by the disappearance of her 3-year-old daughter?

Share your answers for a chance to win a paperback copy of Falling in Love With You, an anthology of over 40 beautiful true love stories. If you have a picture of the costume you’re thinking of, feel free to share the link.



I will select a random winner on Monday, Sept 22nd, and I will reveal my costume the first week of October.

Until then, have fun, good luck, and blessings!

Renee-Ann <><


7 thoughts on “Genre Dinner?

  1. Great blog idea before conference. Now, you’ve got me thinking I’d better come up with something for my character, Claire. Since she has a mastiff, too, I could find a dress that has slobber stains on it. ROFLOL This will be a study. Hmmm, I’m getting an idea.

    • Thanks Ane. You are too funny! I can’t wait to see whatever else you come up with. Counting sleeps! Not too many left! This time next week, I should be in the air! 😀

      Have a blessed day! <

  2. Hi Renee-Ann! I hopped over here from Laurie Tomlinson’s mix & mingle post. Hope for the opportunity to see your great suspense costume in person! I haven’t even thought of the genre dinner–I write contemporary, so… jeans, a tee shirt, and flip flops? 🙂

    • Thanks for dropping in, Brandy. I look forward to meeting you as well. Although I believe this costume is perfect for me, I must give credit to the person who came up with it, and a fantastic co-worker who helped me put it together. It’s been quite a challenge for fear of setting off alarms/metal detectors in the airport, but it’s well worth it! Can’t wait to reveal it. As for your costume? I’d say jeans and tee are fit for the event! 😀

      Blessings! Renee-Ann <

  3. Good morning everyone! And this is the day I promised to announce the winner. Wow, there are 2 comments (other than my own), and I feel generous today. I’m going to award each of you a copy of the book, FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU.

    All I need is an address to mail it to.

    Congrats to both of you Ane Mulligan, and Brandy Heineman.

    Blessings to you both! Renee-Ann <

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