ROMANTIC WOMEN'S FICTION . . . WITH A PARANORMAL TWIST . . .

Monday, April 4, 2011

What's your Genre?


A brief thought on genres today...

What's yours?

Do you fall neatly into a pre-determined slot, or are you a hop-skip-and-jumper?

I started out writing romantic women's fiction.  Not just romance, I'm more interested in the character's journey, but there's always a love story in there too.  Then I got the paranormal bug and I just couldn't get enough of ghosts and psychic activity.  Not fond of the gory scary stuff, but I love things like Medium and Ghost Whisperer...and Haven.  Oh don't even get me started on Haven, I could sing that show's praises for the next two weeks.

So now I'm kind of Paranormal Romantic Women's Fiction.  (whew)

What do you call yourself?

9 comments:

Melissa Marsh said...

I'm more mainstream historical - with a love story. I think my books will always have a love story in them, but it won't be the main focus of the book.

Funny, because I, too, used to write nothing but historical romance. I got away from it about 3 or 4 years ago, though, and I think my writing has taken a huge leap.

funny in the 'hood said...

I am definitely romantic women's fiction as well, including a happily ever after. I love women's fiction, but I've been disappointed in a few books I read that didn't have a romantic relationship and ended on kind of a depressing note. I think romantic women's fiction is a perfect balance for the same reasons you pointed out Sharla.

Tracey

Samantha Sotto-Yambao said...

I just got a blurb that called my debut a "highly unusual love tragicomedy" so I guess I'll go with that. :D

Candie Leigh said...

I think my niche is definitely YA, but I'm writing a fluffy chick-lit on the side of my 4-part YA series, purely for comic relief from the complex plots and world building. When I'm through with these five books, I have a MG plot and character rattling around in there somewhere too. :-)

Fun topic!

Janet B Taylor said...

I am going through a major genre-identity crisis right now. I am ripped in two between YA-fantasy and YA historical. AND within that, is some adult historical as well. More like Melissa mentioned. Mainstream, with love in it. Not romance. It's just that everything I write, seems to end up with SOME kind of fantasy element.
My mentor told me I had to choose. That a writer defines themselves within their genre.
Have you guys had this problem?
I am working on my 2nd, and it's turning out to be YA-fantasy again. Though I wanted it to be YA-historical. ARGHH!

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Amanda said...

Urban Fantasy Romance all the way! :)

fOIS In The City said...

I have three novels in various stages of undone. A mystery with light comedy/romance ... a romantic comedy and a paranormal romance. Fun to play with genre ... what they all have in common is NYC ... born and bred my gals are feisty NY women on the edge. Other than that I love to play with genre and always love a bit of a tickle romantically speaking.