May 20 2014 7:03am

Which Author’s New Style Has Been the Most Surprising?

Authors frequently write in different genres, writing different types of books. We've discussed following an author from one genre to another, just because you like that author so much. And then you ended up liking that genre, which was a total surprise.

But here's a new angle—if you've followed an author into a different type of book, which author has surprised you the most with the new release? So much so, perhaps, that you wouldn't even know it was the same person writing the books?

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Darlene Marshall
1. DarleneMarshall
I tried to read J.K. Rowling w/a Robert Galbraith with a fresh eye, and at the end felt I would have been completely fooled if I'd never learned she wrote that novel.

On the other side of the coin, one writer whose "voice" crosses sub-genres is Jayne Anne Krentz. Whether it's a Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick or J.A. Krentz, her writing style is highly recognizable.
2. Scarlettleigh
Yeah, this question is easier to answer the other way around (grin) -- Nora Roberts and Julie Garwood and agree with darlenemarshall --Jayne Ann Krentz are easily recognizable from genre to genre.

In fact most authors do keep the same type voice, which honestly, I don't mind. It is the similarities to plot, and characters which causes frustrates me.
Megan Frampton
3. MFrampton
It IS easier to answer the other way around (Anne Stuart's voice is very similar, no matter if she's writing historical, suspense or paranormal, for example). But I thought of it because I am currently reading the book in the post, Jacqueline Carey's Dark Currents, and I had read the first book in her Kushiel series, which is VERY different. Plus I had the same experience reading Anne Bishop, since her Others series is so different from her Blood Jewels series. Maybe it's just authors in those dark, dark paranormal books that move on and their voices change?
4. Scarlettleigh
The issue is that most times you are aware that for example, Jayne Ann Krentz is Jayne Castle. So it just like when you buy a new red car and you see all the other red cars.

When Nora Roberts originally started writing as J.D. Robb it wasn't immediately made public -- but by the second book it was. I never associated the two, but by the time it was common knowledge I could see the similarities in sentence structure, etc.

I only read two books by Lani Diane Rich, so I wouldn't have quessed if someone hadn't told me that the Lucy March books were hers. Again, I can see similarities now.
5. taragel
It was always interesting to me that Sophie Kinsella uses a very distinctly bubbly, madcap voice for her Shopaholic books and other Kinsella novels, but when she writes as Madeline Wickham, it's in a much quieter, thoughtful style.
6. Kareni
Lori Foster has written several urban fantasy books under the name L. L. Foster. I found the style quite different; I had to pull out my dictionary several times to look up words that were unknown to me, and I have a pretty good vocabulary!
7. Kdc
How about Sherrilyn Kenyon writing as Kinley MacGregor?
8. Bell
Two come to mind. I find Lisa Kleypas historical books different from her contemporary books. I adore her historical books and just like her contemporary books. The other is Tara Sivec. I was very surprised at the difference between Passion and Ponies and Watch Over Me.
Tita Mirra
9. titamirra
Maggie Stiefvater's writing evolved so much since Shiver. I'm really impressed! Her new books are unique and avant-garde.
10. willaful
I'd definitely agree on Stiefvater. The Raven Boys series is miles past the Shiver series in terms of originality and interesting characters.
11. sinrh
Richelle Mead. I LOVED her books. I read VA, Dark Swan, and the Georgina Kincaid series. I loved VA so much I got a molnija mark tattooed on my back and bought tons of VA themed gear. However, Dark Swan 4 came out and was a huge dissapointment (the first 3 were amazing), and she ended those favorite 3 series I loved. Her spinoff series into the Alchemist world of VA didn't catch my attention. I barely got through the first book and haven't read any since. I was so put off that I haven't read her new Gameboard series either. Both those have good reviews from what I've seen, but her style changed and I lost interest. I love rereading those first 3 series tho-minus book 4 of Dark Swan :) I have most signed.
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