Tuesday, September 27, 2011
What Genre do you prefer?
What Genre do you write or read?
For me there are Four main categories to choose from (with all sorts of delightful sub genres!).
1.Contemporary: This is set in present day with realistic situations. This can be category and single title romance, suspense, mystery. There isn't a lick of the odd in there at all...unless of course its all about the psychological.
2.YA: This covers everything, contemporary, paranormal, fantasy. This market is exploding because they like to read!
3.Historical: You name it, medieval, regency...if you're a history buff this is your niche. You can write or find romance, adventure, you name it.
4.Fantasy/Paranormal: This all your other stuff, Urban Fantasy, high Fantasy, horror. It can be set in contemporary times, in the past, you can create worlds or just have that odd Aunt in your story that does the weird, but accurate, tea readings. There are all sorts of delicious things you can do in this genre. (Yes, I do have preference for it)
I have tried to write many different genres, but the one that I keep coming back to is Urban Fantasy. It appeals to me because you can weave in all sorts of things and I don't have to force a Happily Ever After, but a satisfactory ending. (Don't get me wrong, I love HEA's but sometimes I like the HEA's to be a bit edgier). There can be romance, but the best part is I can write a Hero as tough as I want them to be and Heroines as flawed as I like them to be.
Funny but before I realized what I really liked to write---I tried contemporary. I tried writing a Blaze. --There is a joke among a few of us, we all talk about our "Blaze book" everyone has tried to write one. I thought I could do it, but no...I had to put in something fantastical, that Blaze book turned into an Urban Fantasy. (Side note: That's not saying that Blazes are easy, they aren't I have a whole new respect for those writers.)
I even thought about writing a contemporary for the Mills & Boon contest. I even had a plot, characters...but the reality is, it was only one book. I love writing Urban Fantasy, for those of you who know me and now those that don't. I have notebooks and folders on my computer filled with story ideas: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy and yes some horror. Only one contemporary. Not a good thing.
So I sat down and thought about it. Writing is hard for me, but I love the genre I chose. Its one of the reasons I keep writing.
So my suggestion to you is to think about the genre you write? Do you love it? I hope so. Tell me about it...and why you like it.
I am a writer of Urban Fantasy and romance, with a love of strong coffee and cream for late night writing. I adore dark stories with anti-heros and determined heroines. I am represented by Victoria Lea from the Aponte Literary Agency.