Your Genre is What?!

Updated: Feb 10

The variety of reactions I’ve received to my particular type of writing surprised me. I guess I had assumed that my description of my work was perfectly clear. But you know what they say about when you “assume”: it makes an “ass” out of “u” and “me.” So! My genre is paranormal romance with a Christian twist. Let’s break that down a bit, shall we?

First of all, I want to make it very clear that what I write is fiction. That means it’s not real – I make it all up! Well, not all of it. I actually do research for some of the locations and historical events. Much of what I mention in the anthology (solar eclipses, major wars and catastrophes, notable figures or people-groups) really did exist. St. James church in London was real (from “Love, Blood and Magic” in the anthology The Supernatural Reasons Why I Love You – coming out soon!) Places like Estes Park, CO (from The Heart of Everything) or Nowhere, OK (from “Love, Blood and Magic”) can be found on a map. But that’s where the reality ends. All the magical stuff, like spells or potions – I make that up. I don’t do research so that it seems “realistic” because I’m not comfortable doing so, and it’s also not necessary. My magic isn’t supposed to be accurate; it’s supposed to be entertaining. Besides, any “magic” is designed to fall short of what my characters really need, anyway.

Back to my genre. We’ll start with the word “paranormal.” I use paranormal in the sense that my stories involve vampires, demons, and other dark creatures. But I took Latin for Professions in high school, so I also use that word in the sense that my stories run “alongside or next to the normal.” I set them in our world, with just enough reality (see above paragraph) to make you think they could almost really happen. At the end of the day, however, my works are still just fiction – they are “outside” of what is “normal.”

Next word: “romance.” This one should be pretty obvious. All of my stories feature a love theme as a major plot line. Since I am a believer in happy endings, that means even though my characters may struggle to get there (maybe not as much as with some authors, but still) they will eventually end up together. Also, I write for an ideal world: my endings are what should happen, not necessarily what would happen out in reality. I don’t treat my books like soap operas, which means I don’t use elements such as divorce or sleeping around or trading partners to increase romantic tension. There’s generally enough going on that my characters don’t need any additional drama, so once a couple gets together, they just have to figure out how to make it work! XD

Last but certainly not least, we come to the “Christian twist.” By which I mean that I weave in Christian morals or elements. If my books were tapestries, there would be a few metallic golden threads here and there: small, but they sparkle when they catch the light. My goal isn’t to preach – it’s to tell a story. I’m only sharing parts of my own faith, bits and pieces really. (If you want the full message, come to church with me!) I am a firm believer that all authors incorporate some of themselves or what they believe into their writing, and this is my way of taking what I’ve learned and teaching it to someone else – but not in a demanding or pushy way. More of a fun, here-it-is-if-you-want-it way. Don’t feel compelled to believe, just know that I do. :-)

And there you go! That’s all there is to it. I hope my book is your type. But if it’s not… well, there’s nothing saying you can’t give it a try, and maybe it will be by the time you finish ;-P.

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