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Genre Part Deux—Djuna Shellam The Write OWL—Episode 13

Genre Part Deux

Djuna Shellam The Write OWL—Episode 13

In this Wednesday episode, Genre Part Deux, of Djuna Shellam The Write OWL, I talk about genre with some second thoughts about it. Actually, they’re more than second thoughts—I think about it all the time.

Genre Part Deux is more of an opportunity for you, the reader or fellow writer, to wade in and give me your two cents about it. I’m intrigued. As a reader, do you head for a certain genre when looking for something to read, or are you more of a hit or miss kind of chooser? I like a few different genres, but when I want to read fiction it really depends on my mood whether I want to read fantasy, mystery, romance or whatever myriad genres strikes me as interesting at the time. If I can’t decide, I often will grab a few titles at the library or the store and hope that once I begin reading I can be enticed by the author to read through to the end. It’s very rare for me not to finish a book once I’ve begun, so that either means I’m not picky, or I’m a better chooser than I’m prepared to admit.

Fellow writers, when you write, when you begin a story, do you begin with a genre in mind, or is it an afterthought, something you decide when you’re done writing? I know there are writers who specifically write for a genre—some because it’s what they enjoy. Others because that’s what’s hot—they’re more business-oriented about their writing. Me? Right now, my subject matter dictates my genre, but that’s just proof that genre is an afterthought for me in my writing.

So here we are. Genre Part Deux. What do you think? Or doesn’t it matter? So many questions… Seriously, I really want to know.

Speaking of writing…

Prairie Fire Book 3 of The Em Suite is releasing to the public on this Friday, the 13th of May. Yeah, I know. I’d like to say I’m not superstitious, but I can’t because Friday the 13th is actually a lucky day for me. Let’s hope so with this book. Please feel free to share with your friends. My books are available on Amazon.com.

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Genre—Djuna Shellam The Write OWL—Episode 12


Djuna Shellam The Write OWL—Episode 12

Genre is the topic of today’s Sunday episode of Djuna Shellam The Write OWL. It’s Mother’s Day, so it’s a short one. On that note, I want to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the good mothers in the world. Yougenre deserve to be pampered, loved, adored and waited on hand and foot. Accept nothing less, expect more—you know your kids do. Ha!

So let’s talk about genre. As it turns out, this will be the first of two episodes on the topic
. Apparently, I have a lot to say about it. Currently, my series is listed under the genre lesbian fiction and lesbian romance on Amazon. It was quite a dilemma for me trying to decide where to list them. Niche genres are great if they’re not too small, and they’re terrible if they are. General fiction or romance are genre categories that are much too large, in my opinion, and my books would most likely get lost in the millions of books available there (I might be exaggerating, but I don’t think I am).

I never set out to write in a particular genre, in particular, the lesbian genre. I just had a story knocking around in my head I thought was good enough to tell, and wanted to tell. That it turned into a series of that genre was also not planned. I follow the stories, wherever they lead. Wherever. Right now, they’re leading me through the lives of lesbian characters. Who knows what will happen in the future? I sure don’t. In five years I could be telling the stories of exiled Grakgors from the planet Siragia of the Xlokystraa Galaxy. And they may or may not be lesbians. Wait… hmmm…

I believe at some point I may split the genres. It will be at the risk of hurting my overall ranking, in order to open my series to more readers, especially those willing to explore a bit, but it will probably be worth it in the long run.

Less than a week away from the launch of Prairie Fire. You can pre-order yours right now HERE. See you Wednesday!