Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Finding your Genre

Have you ever though about your favorite genre of fiction? Did you realize there are multiple sub-genres to the bigger categories of Romance, Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Mystery (to name a few)? I'd love to come with a book at some point that fits a SteamPunk/Historical/Romance/Sci-Fi/Mystery/Cozy, but I can't imagine how that would work.

I've been working on my first novel (and series really) for many years now, never knowing quite where it would fit in terms of genres.  Actually, all of my writing, except for one series, is a bit difficult to decide on what genre fits best.  I've explained my first series as a "sorta-cozy-thriller-paranormal-funny-mystery", because I really didn't know where it fit.  How to you explain a book where the main characters is a foul-mouthed, recovering-alcoholic adult orphan who interacts with the dead and who's BFF is closeted Drag Queen?

Thanks to a contest I entered, I now know where it fits: paranormal cozy. Even though the first book delves into an uncomfortable murder mystery, the judges all tagged it as a Paranormal Cozy Mysterm. At last! I have a genre, well for at least one of my series.

Next up is another complete re-write of the book, and based on my recent review/editing process that highlighted the same issues the judges pointed out I have a bit of a guideline to follow. Makes me happy to know at least I'm going in the right direction.

Now to figure out what genre the rest of my series belong in. The one series that I think I know what genre it belongs in, plain old Mystery. It's based on an former UK spy, who spied for the US during World War II. Granted, he's much older than he appears physically, and he infiltrated Hilter's inner circle well enough to know that the man his granddaughter is set to marry is the grandson of one of Hitler's henchmen, whom is determined to permanently remove from the world, once and for all.

The others are a bit more diffcult. Where do you place a Fey hybrid who's a supermodel in the human world, and a Fey ambassador in the Fey world? She's also incredibly tall, beautiful, and an annoying environmentalist. I actually kind of hate her, but I do love her BFF/companion, who's a hardcore vegan and miracle worker when it comes to managing their lives.

Then there's the controversial one, one that will probably never be published, but simply written for my own amusement. Merie is one of God's Chosen, somewhere between an angel and human, God's a woman, and Jesus is her half-brother. In her series no religion is safe, key religious figures are still alive, here on earth, and are all God's Chosen. Is there such a category as "Religious Fantasy"?

If you've got any suggestions on where any of my series may fit, let me know, because I'm still trying to figure this out.

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