My Writer's Journal

No Vampires for Me

March 3, 2013

I'll never write a book like THE HUNGER GAMES, because I don't much care for dystopic fiction, or TWILIGHT, because vampires and werewolves hold no interest for me. I'll never write science fiction or fantasy, because I'm not very good at making up stuff from other worlds.

My family would like to see me try. They think more people want to read such novels than want to read historical fiction, and if I'd just pay attention to what the publishing trends are, settle down and try something different, I might actually become a very popular writer. They think I've got the ability, they know I work hard, and they worry that I'm not famous. I'm sure they'd love it if I actually became rich.

Sorry, kids, it's not going to happen. Not that I'm stuck in the past--just that I really love imagining what the lives of people must have been like long ago, and then writing about them and bringing them to life. And as long as there are at least some readers out there who love it too, I'll keep on doing what I do and leave the vampires to others.


  1. March 3, 2013 11:36 PM MST make a decent living, don't you? I mean, you have a niche fangroup, right? And you love what you do? Keep writing what you always write and leave the weird stuff to people like me. ;)
    - Daya
  2. March 5, 2013 9:11 PM MST
    Don't worry, I love (and probably always will love) historical fiction! I think I've read 7 novels about Tudor England alone! (Now that doesn't seem like very much.) Oh well.
    - Noemi
  3. March 6, 2013 12:04 AM MST
    Yeah, I've learned soo many cool things about the Tudors, Mary of Scots, and Marie Antoinette! You've really shown how complex life was back then. I can't wait till I get a chance to go to Europe now.. As soon as I win the lottery.... :)
    - Kat
  4. March 8, 2013 4:07 PM MST
    please don't stop writing historical fiction. I look forward to buying each book when it comes out mainly cause I'm a huge history nerd. I enjoy them and I know others do too.
    - Anonymous
  5. March 10, 2013 7:48 PM MDT
    Don't stop writing historical fiction! I discovered your Anastasia book when I was nine and read it so many times. Your books are part of the reason I love historical royalty.
    - Erica Eliza
  6. March 14, 2013 1:49 PM MDT
    I hate vampire books and I didn't really like The Hunger Games! Keep writing historical fiction! I have read almost all of your books at least ten times each!
    - Joy
  7. July 10, 2013 6:28 PM MDT
    Carolyn, you've been one of my favorite historical fiction authors since I first laid hands on Mary Bloody Mary at my local library 13 years ago. The fact that you're still writing for the Young Royals series means a lot. I'm 24 now and still can't get enough of the sumptuous feasts and gowns that are a staple of the HF genre. I too have refused to hop on the paranormal bandwagon. My reading pile is always historical. In fact I've probably only read 1 "contemporary" book in the last year, and by contemporary I mean plain old slice of life without any fur or fangs. Please don't ever get discouraged or feel the need to bend to whats "popular." Fads like zombies and dystopia are fast and fleeting (and the market for them decidedly over-saturated) while historical fiction should (and does, I would hope) fill a steady niche in the hearts of many, me included.

    I very much look forward to reading Victoria Rebels. :)

    - Elizabeth

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