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.