Blog Chain: Genre Talk


The wonderful Margie has this round's topic. She asked:

How did you come to write your YA genre (e.g. contemp, fantasy, etc?) And (yep, it's a 2 parter) if you weren't writing that, what genre would you be interested in exploring?

Oh, genre. How do I know thee? Let me count the ways...

I'm not a YA writer and never tried such, as several of my blog chainers have already stated also. I lean toward mystery/suspense. I'm too much of a Stephen King/Edgar Allan Poe buff to stray from writing in this particular genre. As Eric stated before me, I've dabbled in the paranormal: one mystery has a woman with psychic powers and a suspense has a cursed stone.

I've never put much thought in writing in a different genre until this question. I think maybe sci-fi would be interesting to explore, although writing the technical side of spaceships and whatnot scares me off too much to try. I could see myself dabbling in romance, so long as it still had some type of mystery and suspense elements. I don't believe I could write YA. I don't think I could write something that young adults would be able to relate too.

Ah, well...

Please visit Eric with his answer. Kat will post tomorrow.

12 comments:

  1. Romantic suspense is a popular subgenre. Author Samantha Graves (AKA C.J. Barry) writes this. She podcasts about it and other topics on "Will Write For Wine" (with author Lani Diane Rich, AKA Lucy March). (So many names!)

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  2. SF isn't just about spaceships, and it doesn't even have to be about space. It's up to you how techincal you make it. If you'd like some book recommendations, please let me know.

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  3. OOhh...I'm with Sandra - Sci Fi is just SO MUCH MORE!!!

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  4. OOhh...I'm with Sandra - Sci Fi is just SO MUCH MORE!!!

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  5. I have a great respect for anyone who can come up with a good sci fi story. I know it's something I could never do.

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  6. I don't know if I could do SciFi either, though I enjoy reading it. And I always add something to my romance stories - the one real romance story I wrote was a romantic suspense :)

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  7. Incidentally, I really have enjoyed what you've shared with regards to your cursed stone story. That's good stuff. I agree with everyone else though in that sci-fi can be so much more, and I'm positive you'd be great at it. I love a good sci-fi story, though I haven't written anything like that yet. Nice job!

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  8. Psychic powers and a cursed stone--now that sounds very awesome. I can't seem to write a book that doesn't have a little paranormal in it. Great post!

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  9. Oooh, who doesn't like a little mystery/suspense in their writing? It seems like no matter what genre you wrote - you'd want to throw those elements in. I'm the same way about romance.

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  10. I'd love to see what you could do with sci-fi. But then again, I love the Poe type horror too.

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  11. Love Poe--such dark tension!

    Great post!

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  12. I am so with you. I would love to try writing a scifi but that genre scares the pants off of me. lol

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