Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
You may have seen the television series based on Diana Gabaldon’s books. I read the first four books in the early 00s and just loved them. Such great characters and compelling stories. Gabaldon has done extensive research on Scottish history and is a fantastic writer. But the reason this book changed my world is because it is a genre-bender. Gabaldon struggled to find a publisher because the book crosses the lines of science fiction, fantasy, romance and historical fiction. Well, she finally succeeded and not only is the series a runway bestseller, it’s an extremely popular TV series and the audio books are bestsellers as well. If you are a writer whose book defies genres, take heart! And read these books; they’re fantastic.