After hearing all the comments and reviews during my querying process, I eventually came to the realization that nobody really knows exactly what niche a book will fit snugly. One publisher may say not romantic enough, while another says too romantic. One may suggest mystery, another says definitely romance. (true story)
Thankfully, I met a wonderful publisher who believes a book stands on its own merit, not whether it cozily conforms to what some exec considers the “correct” genre.
Does it really make people feel better if they can classify a book as romance, modern, contemporary, thriller, mystery, suspense, and the list goes on with so many sub-genres I’ve lost count.
The only genres that I feel I can easily put a label on are paranormal and fantasy, but then again, even those waters are now muddy with all sorts of sub-genres.
Then, I hear, if I write romantic-suspense, I cannot add a little paranormal in the mix. Your fans will not follow you. Who makes these rules? Guess what, I have a novel with paranormal aspects; it'll be out Spring 2013--I have four more before it, though. Why? Because I make the rules, and I believe it is what my readers will want.
I’m an avid-reader, and I read everything. Need proof, check out my Goodreads account, and those are just the books I remember or have had time to add. I’ve read everything from Beauty and the Beast (the original) to the Godfather (yes, the book). Movies don’t count; you only have to invest two to three hours of your life. Books, on the other hand, you invest minimally eight hours of your time, depending on how fast you read. So, if it’s not in your genre, you better make sure you like it.
So, how do we decide?
I think it is up to two people: the one who writes it and the one who reads it.
The author must decide what genre they want to market their book, and the reader would do well to not just buy a book by its classification but also read what other readers are saying.
And so you know, I added a blurb below about me and my books. Sorry, one word just won't do when describing what I write.
Happy reading, friends,
A little about what I write:
A writer of modern-day fairytales, my stories overflow with romance, mystery, suspense, and of course, tragedy. After all, what would a fairytale be without a tragic event setting the stage? All of my novels are sensual, but not erotic, gripping but not graphic and will make you cry, laugh, love, and hope.
My first two novels, She Belongs to Me and Land of the Noonday Sun, have reached bestseller status right alongside Nicholas Sparks, J.D. Robb, and other great authors. My new releases, Entangled Dreams and When Noonday Ends are now available.
My novels are all standalones; however, I do link each of my stories with a little surprise. If you read out of order, you'll never notice. But if you read in order, it's fun.
First release - December 2011:
After secrets and a mysterious background leave a wife’s life hanging by a thread, a husband must look for answers in the only place he knows—the past.
Second Release - May 2012
When two strangers have nothing left but their dreams, they must forge a relationship in Nantahala, North Carolina, a small town known as Land of the Noonday Sun.
Third Release - September 2012
When Alexandra’s choices dissolve into Entangled Dreams, pushing her down a dark and dismal path, she must trust her instincts to escape danger, but be able to surrender all to find her happily ever after. Knowing how to decipher the difference, will be her toughest challenge.
Fourth Release – December 2012
When a new attorney accepts a case of a woman accused of attempted murder, he finds himself entwined in age-old secrets and a family who will stop at nothing to conceal them—even murder.
Series of Mini-Mysteries with a Paranormal Edge
First Short Story — October 2012
When what seems like a normal pit stop turns to more than just gas and food, a lost couple finds themselves searching for the truth of a twenty-year-old mystery that may cost them their life.
Second Short Story — January 2013
They say The Depot is haunted. But in all the years homicide detective Mark Waters has visited the old train station turned restaurant, he’s never seen proof. Until now.
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