Successful Multi-Genre Author: Isabel Allende

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“Writers won’t be successful unless they pick a niche.” 

Are you tired of hearing this advice?

Me too.

So far, I’ve shared the stories of 27 successful multi-niche writers. And there are many more. Here’s one such author who might inspire you to ignore the dime-a-dozen advice and encourage you to embrace your MultiTalented personality: Isabel Allende.

 

Photo of Isabel Allende by Lesekreis. Used with permission via the Creative Commons License. No modifications made.

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Isabel Allende has sold over 74 million books in various genres. She writes magical realism, as seen in her novels City of The Beasts and The House of The Spirits (among others). She also writes mystery novels, such as Ripper. But that’s not all. She has also written a memoir—Paula. Want more? She’s also written historical fiction, such as Inés of My Soul, A Long Petal of the Sea, and more.

 

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Isabel Allende: Multi-Genre, Multilingual

Not only is Isabel Allende a multi-genre writer, she’s also a multi-language author, having written books both in Spanish as well as English. Her works have been translated into 30 different languages.

I’d say Allende is a pretty successful writer, and she didn’t have to stick to just one genre to get to where she is today. So if in your heart, you’re not a commitment person when it comes to writing genre, write it all. Make your heart happy and get those words on the page. Just be sure to pick something to get started, or you might never.

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Mariana Abeid-McDougall is a writer, a wife, and a homeschooling mom in an out-of-the-box, adventurous family. She's on a mission to show the world that writers don't need to niche to be successful. She hopes you'll join the conversation on the MultiTalented Writers blog.

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