Do you ever get confused by all the genres? Romantic suspense; women's fiction; urban fantasy; fantasy; sci/fi. Then there's mystery with all its sub-genres--cozies, detective, hard boiled, soft boiled, whatever boiled!
I do understand the importance of labeling...bookstores need to know where to put each new release...but how do the powers that be decide? For example-THE WITCH'S GRAVE and THE SEVENTH WITCH were on three of Amazon's lists-women sleuths (okay, I get that one...my characters are women and they do solve the crime); occult (natch-they're witches!); and last but not least, romantic suspense. (There's a lot of irony in this last one! You're looking at an author who had to drink two beers and listen to the soundtrack of BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY in order to write a kissing scene!! Don't think I could drink enough to write a real sex scene!! *g*)
Now let's look at my present manuscript. According to my editor, they consider it to be "women's fiction". I thought I was writing another mystery, but if they want to call it women's fiction, okay by me. But here's the kicker...they're also calling it "Southern Gothic"...only it takes place in Minnesota. Should we coin a new phrase--"Northern Gothic"? And if we did, what would that mean??? (There is a definition for Southern Gothic...I looked it up!)
So here's what I've decided...I'm just not going to worry about it!!! Trust me, with the way my mind works, I could twist myself seven ways to Sunday (as my mother used to say) pondering what kind of book I'm writing. I'd be second guessing every scene, every chapter. I'm going to let Avon worry about where to put me. Come next May, wherever I am...I just hope you find me!!!!
That's it for this week-see you next Thursday!!