The Jolly Genre Jubilee Tag

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!

(obligatory pelican gif)

Let’s chat about genres!

9 thoughts on “The Jolly Genre Jubilee Tag

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  1. Aaaahhhh yay you did the tag! 😀 This was so much fun to read! It is definitely fascinating (and kind of humorous) how wildly differing genre opinions can be. I kind of love it. XD Goes to show that maybe not everyone will love a story, but there IS always SOMEONE who will, and that’s what counts.

    Maybe ONE DAY I’ll learn to enjoy Westerns properly. XD

    Also, I too do not think I will everrr write a story the requires deep technical knowledge of a real world profession. Yeeeah, no. Made up fantasy magic for me, thank you. 😉

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    1. Thanks for the tag, Christine! It was so much fun! ❤

      So true!! There's a reader for every writer, and conversely, a writer for every reader.

      Right??? I have a huge amount of respect for the people who actually put in the research to write those detail-heavy real-world stories, but guys, MAGIC IS SO MUCH EASIERRRRRR.


  2. Loved this!

    Westerns and WWII fiction? YES PLEASE.

    Also, it’s funny how we’re both considering dipping into horror. XD (Although I don’t think my zombie novel would technically be horror–and I wouldn’t be focusing on the gore either. But still.)

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    1. Haha right? Our minds must be running on parallel tracks 😉

      Mine… is not going to be //gory// horror, but I think it will definitely fall into the horror category, because it’s a ghost story–and not a Cute, Happy Ghost Story, either.

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  3. Your choice of favorite eras to write in is exactly the same as mine, which I suspect is why we enjoy each other’s writing so much 😉

    You need to write this book about the Catholic Missionary and the desperado. And you need to make it be WAY better than the movie “Two Mules for Sister Sara,” which disappointed me a lot.

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    1. Yes! We’re comfortable in the same historical eras, which is a lot of fun ❤

      *looks up the plot of Two Mules for Sister Sara* O.O

      *Jake Peralta voice* "If I had a nickel for every time I encountered the 'fake nun who is actually a prostitute' plot, I would have two nickels. Which isn't a lot, but it's weird that it happened twice."

      I can certainly promise nothing of the sort will happen in my book 😉 I'm really excited to explore these two characters, the priest and the outlaw, and see what they can learn from each other on their journey together.


  4. Historical fantasy sounds right up my alley! I don’t think I’ve read anything that would fit into that category yet, but the closest I’ve come is steampunk and I LOVE STEAMPUNK. History, but if technological advances happened earlier? SIGN ME UP. So, not technically magic, but I think I would love some magic sprinkled in. And what you’ve said about yours just has me drooling from all the EPICNESS. Get back to querying pleeeeeeeeeeease!!

    I have a hate and love relationship with Westerns, but that’s all come from movies. I need to read the books! My mom has all the Willa Cather you recommended to me, so I just need to clear my schedule…

    That plot bunny? Stellar, man. Please write it soon.

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      Yes, steampunk is awesome!! I’m a big fan of anything that mashes up history with Not-History, so it’s right up my alley too. 😉

      Fun fact: I have only seen one Western movie in my whole life! And it wasn’t even a classic Western, either, it was a modern film (Hidalgo). My love of Westerns is based solely on Western novels XD Willa Cather is absolutely wonderful. She is one of the only non-Catholic authors I actually trust to write about Catholic characters, haha. And she does it so well!

      I mayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy have started it working on “The Priest and the Outlaw” last week… but shhhhh, the walls have ears and I’m afraid to jinx anything…

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