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“What genre is Angel’s Kiss?” The nice lady asks.
Nothing makes me squirm more that those 5 words. “Umm, fiction?” I answer.
“No,” She looks at me like I’m an idiot. “I mean is it a paranormal, a thriller, a murder mystery or a fantasy novel?”
“Yes. All the above.”
Wikipedia says that genre “is the term for any category of literature or other forms of art or entertainment, e.g. music, whether written or spoken, audial or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria. Genres are formed by conventions that change over time as new genres are invented and the use of old ones are discontinued. Often, works fit into multiple genres by way of borrowing and recombining these conventions.”
Sounds simple right? But I’ve never been very good at all or nothing categories. I remember growing up in the late 70’s and people either liked Disco or Rock. It was a big deal back then and I just didn’t understand why I couldn’t like both Donna Summer and AC/DC. So for this article I have been doing a lot of research on some of my favorite authors and every website I check has them under different categories. It’s very confusing even to those of us in the business so I know it’s confusing to everyone. One of my fans said it best when she wrote: “Lynne Stevie has managed to encompass murder, mystery and intrigue with a paranormal bent all the way to the end, that will keep you breathless and wanting more.” So, back to the original question, what genre is Angel’s Kiss?
How does a writer classify their novel? Out of all the articles on Genre that I have reviewed two stand out in my mind. The first one is Rachelle Gardner’s blog http://www.rachellegardner.com/2012/04/identify-your-novels-genre/ and the other is Sarah LaPolla’s blog http://bigglasscases.blogspot.com/search?q=genre. Both ladies are literary agents and both have great advice for authors. Basically, no matter how hard we fight against it we must learn to classify our art for business purposes. How can we sell our novels if we can’t find the right audience? After extensive research I have come to a decision.
Angel’s Kiss is a… (I want to make up my own category, “mystparathrillermance”. Okay, okay, I know I have to decide.)…Adult Paranormal Thriller. As the song goes, “That’s my story and I am sticking with it.” Check out the blogs listed above for more information on Genre and if you’ve already read Angel’s Kiss and have a better label for it, please let me know. If you haven’t read it, grab a copy of this Sexy Paranormal Thriller today at Amazon .
Happy Reading and Writing
Even though I’m not going to make it to the finish line for this years NaNoWriMo contest I did get some great work done on my new paranormal mystery romance. The working title is Between Two Evils and here is the unedited excerpt that I like the best out of this years NaNo effort. Hope you like it too!
Between Two Evils:
“I know who my father is Zev, but why would his enemies come after me, and why now? I’ve never been a part of Vlad’s life. Hell for most of my life he has been sleeping. Ever since my mother died; it’s like he died too. I haven’t seen him. I know he did evil things, but that was a long time ago.”
“Come on let’s get out of here before it really starts to storm.” Zev put his arm back around Lavanya and they started down. Both tired and in need of blood and food.
Lavanya pulled in her emotions and tried to think of something positive to get them through the forest without any further weather upsets. What a pain in the ass to be tied to the weather in this way. She really didn’t need this right now. Adding up all the things she had to do brought to mind one of her favorite movies.
Lavanya began to laugh.
“I hate to ask, but what is so funny?” Zev looked scared to hear the answer.
“Tyron, you know how much I love watching you work,” Lavanya twisted her favorite quote to suit her own crazy list of things to do. “But I’ve got a formal dinner to plan, my clients love life to arrange, a zombie to murder and a betraying bitch to track down; I’m swamped.” She burst out laughing again.
“Get some rest.” Zev said with a smile.
Lavanya stopped laughing and looked up at Zev. His hazel eyes caught the late afternoon light and sparkled with mischief.
“If you haven’t got your health, then you haven’t got anything.” Zev laughed.
“You like The Princess Bride?” Lavanya couldn’t have been more surprised.
“It’s alright. I just have a really good memory.” Zev smiled down at her. “It felt good to hear you laugh. Are you feeling better?”
“No not really, but that released some tension.” Lavanya steeled her spin. “I’ll feel better when the zombie and its master are dead.”
“I like the way you think.” Zev started walking again. “Let’s get back to the castle and get ready for tonight. Hopefully, this will be over soon.”
Procrastination-Why is my house cleaner and my office more organized when I have a deadline? It’s day eight of national novel writing month and I’ve only written 3000 of the 13,000 suggested words. However, I have organized the kids toys, cleaned above my cabinets and organized several closets. I’ve always had a problem with procrastination; I’m an all-nighter type of person. Why do I do this to myself. Even in college I would put off doing my work until the last minute and then have to stay up all night and ram in a quarters worth of work into a few days. Do you think I can count this blog in my word count. lol. Oh well, good thing I work best under pressure!
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I’m just spent the last week in the Arizon desert, eating healthy and exercising. It’s my yearly “Time-Out” and I loved every minute of it. I didn’t turn on the tv or do any (well, hardly any) social networking. I left my phone in my room and even changed my notification settings so I didn’t get emails. I forwarded my phone to my office and tuned out. I’ve missed everyone and yet I found that my mind was open to new ideas for the novel I’m working on and many ideas for books in the future. In this world of instant communications: twitter, facebook, text, and voice mail etc. have we filled our lives so much that there isn’t enough time to day dream? I plan to try to live in the moment and take more time to daydream. What are your thoughts? How do you balance work, family, writing, and hobbies?
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