Thursday, August 18, 2011

Question for you - What genre do you write?

Due to feedback I received when I posted about Go Teen Writers and what you would like it to be, I'm going to round up some authors to talk about genre specific issues. Before I do that, I need to know what genres you guys write and/or are interested in.

Below is a list of options, and you don't have to pick just one! Or if there's something not on the list below, feel free to suggest that too.

Sci-Fi
Fantasy
Historical
Romance
Middle Grade/Young Adult
Faith-Based fiction (like, Christian fiction)
Mystery/Suspense
Thriller
Horror (not sure who I'd asked about that, but...)
General fiction
Literary fiction

If you would like a little more insight about genres, you can read part one and part two of Roseanna White's guest post about genres.

30 comments:

  1. I wrote a contemporary YA last year, I've considered Historical and I think I'll be doing fantasy this year. Everything I write has a Literary Fiction flavor.

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  2. What I write mostly are YA novels, and Christian Fiction, but both of these have a little bit of romance woven in it. :)

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  3. I usually write Christian fiction and YA. I TRY to write romance, but it's hard to write GOOD romance, so I just don't write it at all.

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  4. I write Fantasy and Y.A., I also write plays. I would love to write Christian Fiction, but I find it quite difficult for me.

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  5. Awesome idea! I can't wait to see what everyone writes. (A lot of fantasy, so far, lol) For me, I write...

    Fantasy (somewhat)
    Historical
    Romance
    Christian fiction
    Mystery/Suspense
    Biblical Fiction

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  6. How many descriptors can you have for your genre? Because I consider what I write to be Christian Historical Romantic Suspense (Think The Three Musketeers, but with more romance and a major spiritual element)...I'm thinking four is too many, but I can't figure out which word to eliminate since they're all equally important to the story. Any ideas? :-)

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  7. Sapphire, love it. I think all 4 get to stay for now, honestly. If you publish with a Christian house, they won't put the "christian" thing on there. And if it strays from the rules of a romance, they might just put Historical Suspense but the backcover copy will make it clear that there's romance. (Or they might go with historical romance and leave off suspense. Just depends on where they think it fits better.)Lots of options. But I'd keep all 4 for now.

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  8. I enjoy writing YA books, but I keep changing my mind about genres.
    I've just started on a Historical Fiction book/novel based in the Civil War, but I'm sure I will change my mind on genres again.

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  9. Nothing wrong with changing your mind, Hannah!

    "It's your prerogative so long as you remain a woman." Anyone know what that quote's from? ;)

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  10. Oh, I forgot to say, everything I write has a Christian worldview under it, though this year's fantasy probably won't be absolutely classified as Christian.

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  11. I'd like to read about:

    Fantasy
    Historical
    Romance

    ...because that's what I've written so far. What is literary fiction exactly?

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  12. Fantasy!!!!!! :D :D :D
    Micah

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  13. For the most part I write Fantasy and General Fiction. Though, I have more books started in General Fiction and some of the other genres, but I've gotten farthest in Fantasy.

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  14. Hehe. I'm going to be the odd person out (so far) and say that I write science fiction, with a little romance thrown in for good measure. But just a little.

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  15. I write and read a little of all of these. Historical Romance
    Young Adult
    Mystery/Suspense

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  16. Yay, Eldra! I like a little romance in my sci-fi :)

    Happy to see so many genres represented here! I'm getting excited about lining up some authors.

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  17. I write mainly fantasy, but I'm interested in learning more about historical fiction.

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  18. I'm sorta into alot of stuff. I write historical, fantasy, adventure, mystery, all with ocassional romance. Sometimes one, sometimes two, and sometimes all of the above at once!

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  19. I generally write YA fantasy. I'm also trying a queer mix of fantasy and sci-fi. I think I'm the only one who's said that so far.

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  20. I usually write YA contemporary Christian fiction :)

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  21. I love how so many are interested in more than one genre! It makes me feel good to know I'm not the only one.
    I write some YA and contemporary general fiction that tends towards chick lit (even though that's not really in right now, I still love it) I think they may be calling it romantic comedy now? And I like having a romance thread but not set all around romance. Does all that make sense?

    Stephanie, you mentioned if you publish with a Christian house it wouldnt be labeled Christian but do secular publishers label books as "Christian"? & are there books published by general publ

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  22. I love how so many are interested in more than one genre! It makes me feel good to know I'm not the only one.
    I write some YA and contemporary general fiction that tends towards chick lit (even though that's not really in right now, I still love it) I think they may be calling it romantic comedy now? And I like having a romance thread but not set all around romance. Does all that make sense?

    Stephanie, you mentioned if you publish with a Christian house it wouldnt be labeled Christian but do secular publishers label books as "Christian"? & are there books published by general publ

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  23. Mehh, I pushed the wrong button :/
    I was asking, do general publishers have books from a Chrisian worldview? I've wondered about that before abs how that would go?
    I know Karen Kingsbury and Jerry Jenkins cross over, there are probably others too

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  24. I written a few fantasy, but now I'm trying historical and I'm also writing adventure :)

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  25. Imogen- read Neil Gaiman's books. He combines fantasy and sci- fi beautifully.

    I am usually the sci-fi girl myself, but my current WIP is a Historical-romance-adventure piece set in 1950's England :)

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  26. Tonya, typically general market publishing houses don't produce Christian books. Instead, they buy Christian publishing houses. Like Waterbrook (Christian house) is owned by Random House. Howard Books (Christian house) is owned by Simon & Schuster (I'm pretty sure.) Or sometimes they have an imprint, like Penguin Praise is the inspirational line for Penguin. Many Christian books cross over to a general market audience (The Shack being a great example) but they are still published with a Christian house. Does that answer your question?

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