Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Blog Chain - Exploring The Genres
This round's question comes from the ever-talented Margie who asks:
How did you come to write your YA genre (e.g. contemp, fantasy, etc.)? AND (yep, it’s a 2 parter), if you weren’t writing that, what genre would you be interested in exploring?
Like my predecessor Sandra, I don't think I write YA (nor do I think I could). The biggest problem for me is that I don't really know what genre a particular tale might be in. If it's obviously sci-fi or fantasy or horror, I'd probably be able to tell. But despite reading many posts by other bloggers on the subject of genres, I still don't have a clue.
To answer the question however, it's probably safest to say I like to write thrillers with a paranormal twist set inside a horror background. Oh, and throw in a few mythological creatures for good measure. Okay, I have no idea what genre I am writing in, but I know what it isn't. I don't write romance or historical fiction. I don't think I have what it takes to write the former effectively (without it becoming sappy or turning into softcore porn), and the latter would scare the crap out of me because of all the required research. One of the best benefits of being a storyteller in a made up world is I get to make all the rules, make up all the background, and ignore reality (to some extent anyway).
As for the second part, I've gotten some really good ideas from some of the other chainers. I could see myself writing something in a Western setting, though like the Dark Tower style. I don't know if I could write it as a straight Western though - gotta have something out of the ordinary. I could also see myself composing a tale in a Steampunk reality, though the research devil rears its ugly head there. I haven't written any fantasy stories since I was much younger, so that would be fun too.
If you haven't checked out what the incredible Sandra has to say on the subject, get on over there. And the awesome Michelle Hickman will be presenting her thoughts tomorrow.