The Genres I Write

One of the blog prompts I got back from my general query was about genres.  Okay, specifically it was asking if there was a genre I haven't worked with yet but would like to, and after I read the question my mind flat-lined and I can't think of genres at all.  

The problem is.  THE PROBLEM IS.  I feel like many of my stories are a mixture of several genres, stashed under the overarching theme of fantasy.  (We're on the moon here, people.  It doesn't get much more fantastic than that.)  So how about I word-vomit a selection of my stories and tell you a little bit about the genres that are incorporated into their plots?  Does that sound like fun?  Maybe.  Will that help clarify things?  Probably not.  Let's go.

adamantine rewrite

At the moment, I feel like this story is shaping up to look as if Hayao Miyazaki had collaborated with me.  I haven't really read any Neil Gaiman, but I feel like his horror-thriller sense of fantasy might be a close comparison.  When I think of Adamantine, I get a sense of the hair-raisingly bizarre, an almost out of control fantasy.  So if you are expecting very logical, precise, almost scientific fantasy, please leave that notion at the door.  Buckle up and hug your teddy.

ampersand

Is it dull to say Ampersand could be classed as a novelized history of Plenilune?  You know me.  For all my faults, I'm never dull, and Ampersand will not deviate from that standard.  Here you will get a historical fictional fantasy drama.  Yiss.  I don't think I could pack much more into that genre description.

lamblight

This novel I am definitely looking forward to, but I don't know how well it will be received.  You can probably class this as a psychological thriller/mystery.  I imagine if someone poured a can of gasoline down the rabbit hole and dropped a match in after it, it would look like this.  Won't this be fun!

talldogs

...has almost nothing to do with dogs.  I've already finished the first draft of this novel, and my husband best described it as a kind of English country drama, but in Plenilune.  If you like things that are bittersweet and you like your typical handsome Plenilunar cast, please hold while I tidy up this manuscript and glean enough money to self-publish it.

maresgate

Another thriller, another social tangle, another novel whose reception is debatable.  At present I'm calling this less fantasy, although it is Plenilunar; Talldogs is also not really a fantasy.  I don't know the full scope of this story yet - probably I won't know until I'm done writing it - but here's a heads up to let you know that, like Lamblight, it is not going to be a comfy-cosy novel.  I've always dealt with grit in my novels, even before they were worth consideration for publishing, but as the years have gone by I've honed my handle on them.  For those of you who don't like a shock to be shocking, don't say I didn't warn you this time!

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13 ripostes:

  1. is Adamantine to be a horror-thriller?

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  2. I don't think there's a single one here I don't want to read now. Adamantine and Lamblight are probably the top two right now.

    I'm about 1/5 of the way through Plenilune, and you've already got me wanting to read other books in this world.

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  3. All of these sound fascinating, but Ampersand and Talldogs appeal the most to traditional me. :)

    Although, when it comes to genre, I'm no more traditional than you are. I don't fit into the tidy boundaries of genre or brand that historical-fiction authors are supposed to: I've already written/published stories in at least five different historical periods; I have to call my mysteries "cozy" even though I don't think of them that way; and I'm always experimenting with different degrees of drama or comedy in stories' makeup.

    But it's fun, isn't it?

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  4. I've gotta say that the picture of all those dogs crowded in a doorway, in amongst all the broody, moody, fantasy pictures, is really funny :D
    I like the sound of Talldogs, though. Is it sort of Jane Austen-in-Plenilune?

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  5. These titles are all so familiar to me now, after all these years. It's like saying the names of beloved places. I can't wait to get our hands on more of the Plenilunar universe. <3

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  6. Adamantine and Talldogs sound most exciting to me. I love a good thriller/mystery/adventure that Adamantine seems to present, and you know I love my Brits. <3
    ...But really, we're talking the difference between a trip to Oxford and a trip to Stonehenge. I might want to see one more, but ultimately I want both...or all, as it were. XD

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  7. I admit I don't particularly like being held genre captive myself, which means I don't usually worry about categorizing my work at all while I'm writing- when I finish it, that's when I try to describe it whatever it is I've cooked up ;)

    Talldogs intrigues me the most, simply because I love English country dramas, so anything approaching something like that has my interest. :)

    Personally, I like genre mixing. You never really know what you're going to get, and you have the freedom to pick the best out different genres to make something totally new and different!

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  8. Anonymous - I don't know that I'd actual for certain sure call Adamantine a horror-thriller... "Horror" is a strong word. Thriller, yes. Horror is more associated with the disgustingly grotesque, and I don't foresee that in Adamantine.

    Elijah - I'm really excited to read Adamantine and Lamblight too, but unfortunately I have to write them first. XD I'm really glad you're still enjoying Plenilune because I've come to live in trepidation whenever someone mentions that they're reading my book. Not everyone has received it with unalloyed delight, but I guess that's par for the course, you know...? XD

    Elisabean Greece Folly - I've got a little something for everyone here, eh? Murders. Seductions. Intrigues. ("Oh, sister! sister! STOP!") I tend to think any writer worth his salt will usually just write and leave others to ponder of what categories his writing falls in. Tidy boxes are for people whose brains have ceased to grow. We need an eclectic table of food for our intellect.

    Laura Elizabeth - I didn't even notice that, but yeah, the juxtaposition is rather ridiculous now that you point it out. XD I wouldn't say Jane Austen, though. Retard a little further into an English past, say, a hundred - a hundred and fifty years. But then scrap that notion and come to Plenilune, because it is very much its own culture. Other than that, that's it exactly.

    The Nanny with the Crooked Ankle (as seen in a Nancy Drew mystery somewhere maybe) - How long have I been writing these, or talking about them? Sometimes I think about how long it took me to write and publish Plenilune and I despair, like, ain't go no time for potty-breaks and food I just gotta write.

    Carmel - I don't think you could pick two more divergent stories from my repertoire. XD

    Hayden - I don't even know what I'm writing until I've written it. I can't imagine being tied to a publishing firm and having to pitch an unwritten book to them. Why yes, let me just pull out my crystal ball and gaze into my future, it will make outlining so much easier. :/

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  9. Thank you for replying to my earlier comment. I haven't ever read gaiman so I was unsure of how quite the description was being used unless it was in fact a 'horror-thriller' itself.

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  10. Do I smell autocorrect, or are you just teasing me? :)

    (We just watched that P&P the other day...that scene with Mrs. Bennet and her sister is priceless.)

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  11. Anonymous - You're welcome! I'm glad I was able to clear things up a little.

    Elisabeth - I was in a particularly rummy mood just then and I was totally teasing. I always say your full name and I decided to have a game with it. (Plus, 1995 Pride & Prejudice is the bomb.com, let me say.)

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  12. Actually, you wouldn't believe how many times people pronounce our name Folly at first sight!

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  13. "I imagine if someone poured a can of gasoline down the rabbit hole and dropped a match in after it, it would look like this. Won't this be fun!"

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSS.

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