What do you know, it’s tag week again!
My delightful friend Christine Smith @Bright Words in Darkened Worlds tagged me for the Jolly Genre Jubilee game, which is all about the fictional genres we love and hate to write. I’ve really been enjoying reading everybody’s answers, because people’s tastes differ so wildly. One author’s dream genre is another author’s nightmare–and vice versa!
Here are the rules:
- Thank the blogger who tagged you, and leave a link back to their blog. (Thanks, Christine!)
- Leave a link back to the creator of the tag (Here’s the ORIGINAL POST.)
- Answer the questions honestly, and include at least one (1) gif of a pelican >> it’s in the rules, folks. you have to do it.
- Tag 3+ friends to do the tag on their own blogs! >> and make sure to give them cookies. because that’s always fun.
Now for the questions…
1. What is your favorite genre of fiction to write?
Historical fantasy! Historical fantasy all the way. Any time I can combine my two great loves, history and magic, I’m a happy camper. The other advantage of historical fantasy is it requires relatively little worldbuilding. I don’t have to create a whole new universe. Instead, I can take an existing place and time and spice it up with some fun new fantastical details.
When writing historical fantasy, I usually gravitate toward my two favorite eras, World War II and the Wild West. What can I say? I’m a predictable gal…
2. What genre would you NEVER get caught writing, EVER?
My stock answer to this question used to be “horror,” because I’m a very timid person who doesn’t enjoy reading anything scary. However, I have an idea for a flash fiction story which (shockingly) falls into the horror category. Even more shockingly, I’m quite excited about writing it! Who knew, huh?
So I guess my true answer would be any genre which requires deep technical knowledge of a real-world profession, like legal thrillers, military suspense, or hard sci-fi. I’ll leave those up to the lawyers, military vets, and scientists who actually know what they’re talking about. 😛
3. What fictional genre feels most like home to you?
Westerns! Which amuses me, because several folks answered the previous question (“genre you wouldn’t get caught dead writing”) with “Westerns.” Obviously there are no right or wrong answers here–but the contrast makes me chuckle.
My love for Westerns is strange, given it’s such a male-dominated genre, and goodness knows I’ve ranted against the male-dominated storytelling tradition often enough. But I grew up sneaking glimpses at my big brother’s Louis L’Amours and Zane Greys–which I, ahem, wasn’t supposed to be reading–and something about that bright, dusty world captured my imagination. As an adult, writing Westerns makes me happier than anything else. Especially when I can add a magical twist to make it Western fantasy.
4. If you could transform your real life into any genre of your choosing, which would it be?
Historical romance might be fun, though I’m not sure which specific era I’d pick. Maybe the 1920s! I like flapper dresses, and I think I’d look cute in one. And I would far prefer the comparative freedom of the Roaring Twenties to the rigidity of earlier centuries. No arranged marriages for this girl, thank you very much. 😛
5. What genre does your real life most resemble at the moment?
Regular ol’ contemporary. Nothing particularly exciting, but nothing to complain of, either.
6. What’s a genre you’re interested in writing, even though you’ve never written it before?
I guess I’ll go with that aforementioned horror story idea, since I really am looking forward to trying the genre.
7. What genre is your most recent plot bunny, and where did it come from?
I have a really cool plot bunny for a Western novel about a Catholic missionary priest who’s forced to team up with a notorious outlaw for protection on a long, dangerous journey. CAN YOU IMAGINE THE VIBES. The tension and the character development and just–all the goodies!
Where did this plot bunny come from? The honest answer is probably “reading Death Comes for the Archbishop umpteen times as a kid and genuinely loving it, but also wishing it were a teensy-weensy bit more exciting.” 😉
8. How many genres have you written thus far in your writing journey?
Oh gosh. Let’s tally it up.
- way too much angsty historical fiction that will never see the light of day
- two completed Western fantasy novels which I really need to get back to querying
- a short contemporary romance with mental health rep published in Faces to the Sun
- a short fantasy romance with selkies published in The Depths We’ll Go To
- a short Western fantasy with hawk shapeshifters soon to be published in The Heights We’ll Fly To
- nine flash fiction pieces published with Havok, including a high-fantasy mystery story and an ongoing time travel series
That’s a wrap on the questions! I don’t think I’m going to tag specific people, just because quite a few people have done the tag already. But if you want to answer the questions either on your own blog or in the comment section, feel free!
Let’s chat about genres!