The Next Big Thing - Question #3

This is the third installment of The Next Big Thing.  To see what it's all about, see my first post on TNBT and let me know if you're in so that I can link to you on my future posts. My answers pertain to my upcoming novel Divine Temptation, to be released by Omnific Publishing in early 2013.  (This week I'm posting on Wednesday instead of Thursday because tomorrow I'll be getting ready for Blogfest 2012.)

Question #3:  What genre does your book fall under?

Paranormal Romance.  

Also, I think Women's Fiction would apply. Christian Lit is pushing it (as I don't believe in fading to black), but the story does have Biblical elements.  It's slightly Suspense too.

This is a departure from the Chick Litty feel of my first novel, Three Daves. What can I say? I don't write from a marketing perspective---I write the story I want to tell and that's not going to line up neatly into a consistent genre. But as I said in the press release:  What hasn’t changed is the realistic base of the storytelling. The type of paranormal stories I enjoy most are those in which the main character’s struggles are decidedly human. I like to think about how real people would react to unexpected elements suddenly being thrust into their lives, and that’s what I explored in DIVINE TEMPTATION.

Jennifer Lane is also posting her answers to TNBT questions every week.

So how about you---are you consistent in the genre you choose to write in?

How about the genre you read in?  If you like Romance, Omnific Publishing has just put a whole bunch o' titles on sale. 


L.G.Smith said...

In a very general sense I stick to the same genre these days. I write mostly fantasy and speculative fiction. But it's a wide net. I've written about elves and fairies, magical coins in ancient Greece, a witch out for vengeance, and now a book loving female warrior in post-apocalyptic Wales. Um, maybe my answer about genre should really be no. :P

I also think it's okay to stretch out of the confinements of genre. I know everyone says to stick to your "brand," but I would hate being pigeon holed and forced to write one type of story forever. Blah to that.

Johanna Garth said...

At first I kept thinking I was writing YA, but I've realized I write women's fiction. My books are a little too dark and the situations too adult to be proper YA.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Heck with marketing perspective!

Suze said...

Babe, I love that you state upfront you don't believe in fading to black. I think what it is, mulling it over just a bit, is that you forged your own path on that. Biblical elements without fading to black is a mix uniquely your own. Kind of like for me, in the past I have describe myself as the Christian who says fuck. I think that makes sense in a similar way.

Tony Van Helsing said...

I'm out of my depth here, I don't really know what you are discussing here.

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I especially agree with your statement about how you enjoy stories where the main character's struggles are decidedly human. I think that's why a lot of people were able to relate to characters like Harry Potter; even though a lot of the stuff in the Harry Potter books are unrealistic, people can still relate to a lot of the stuff that Harry goes through, like his need for a loving family, the importance of his friends, etc.

Heather Murphy said...

That's an interesting mix of possible genres. I'm growing more curious every week

Justine Dell said...

Oh thank goodness I found another author who doesn't focus on marketing. When you have a story, you just have to write it! Same here, lady.

Course that leaves me with three books that I'm not doing anything with cuz I'm focusing on my romance, by hey...writing is what I love and each time I put my keys to works, I'm getting better--no matter what I'm writing.

Good for you for spreading your wings!


Tara Tyler said...

great description! i'm very curious!

Janie Junebug said...

My genre is "The Ridiculous."


Jennifer Lane said...

"The type of paranormal stories I enjoy most are those in which the main character’s struggles are decidedly human."

This is my favorite type of paranormal too! Looking forward to seeing your answer to next week's question.