I have a handful of idols in my genre, and one of them is Kristan Higgins. She’s a
Her seventh book, My One and Only, hit shelves recently and like the devout fangirl I am, I ran out and bought it.
I’m just a couple chapters from the end, but I can confidently say I adore the book and rank it as one of the top three she’s written.
But here’s the thing – my VERY favorite book she’s written is Just
One of the Guys. On the humor spectrum for Higgins books, I’d argue that one is her funniest.
My One and Only – while charming and engaging and entertaining – isn’t as humorous. There are plenty of scenes that made me laugh out loud, but the overall tone is more somber.
But still, I love the book. It’s sweet and funny and I adore the characters so much I want to pat them on the head and stuff them in the trunk of my car. Adding more humor wouldn't make it better because it's nearly perfect the way it is, and tossing in more laughs would likely cheapen the book's emotional oomph.
In a way, it’s a relief for me to realize I can love two books from the same author when there’s a fairly significant difference in the humor of the two.
It’s something I’ve fretted about in my own writing for sure. The three books in my contract have a lot in common in terms of humor and style, but they’re not carbon copies of each other. Where my debut, Making Waves, feels more like a comedy with added romance and drama, the book slated as my August 2012 release (currently dubbed Let it Breathe) feels more like a romance with added comedy.
I’ve been working to bring them more in line with each other and worrying about what will happen if I fail to do it well. Will readers get to the third book and assume I’ve developed a crack habit? Or perhaps they’ll like the third one best and wonder why I didn’t write the other two exactly the same way.
I honestly don’t know.
Much of this will be up to my editor in the long run, and I trust she’ll raise any concerns she may have about continuity and crack habits.
But for what it’s worth, I love Making Waves just the way it is.
And as I edit my way through Let it Breathe, I realize I’m pretty happy with the tone of that book, too. They aren’t the same, but is that such a bad thing?
What’s your opinion on authors whose books fluctuate with humor or heat or tension or whatever else you’re looking for from that author? Please share, I’m truly curious.
And please check out Kristan Higgins if you haven’t already. Gotta give some love to the romantic comedy genre, know what I’m sayin?