I’ve been having a great conversation with Don Mulcare on Catholic Writers Guild blog about genres. Does anyone else have problems with categorizing your own work? Or do you have that nailed before you start?
I’ve called my work ‘Women’s fiction with a twist of suspense’ because my stories are about the characters’ internal journeys, not external influences that drive their stories. Of course, events impact them, and they respond, but the primary emphasis is the interior landscape.
This isn’t a problem only for me; a friend thought she was writing a paranormal young adult story and had pitched it that way, unfortunately without success. Once she realized the story was a coming of age love story, and that the paranormal element was secondary, she got a request for the full right away!
So – what’s your experience? Share!