Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Insecure Writer's Support Group and Fractured Shout-Out
I wasn't sure if I was going to participate in this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group, hosted as always by the awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh, because I was feeling burned out after the A-Z Challenge. But I managed to find myself with a new insecurity recently, so I thought this group would be the perfect place to ask about it.
I am nearly finished with the final draft of my WIP Polar Night, and I've started thinking about publishing options and the process of sending out query letters, etc. While reading about this process, it dawned on me that I really have no clue what the genre of my story is.
It's a suspense thriller, but it also has a significant supernatural element. The story takes place in the "real" world and the main character is a police detective, so in some ways it would be considered crime fiction. But there is one character with a supernatural or paranormal quality. I really don't feel like it is a paranormal story but, as I said, the supernatural aspect of this one character is significant, and the character is central to the story. When I think about it, the history and behavior of this character also bring elements of horror to the novel.
Once I started mulling over this issue, I immediately became convinced that there is no way I will ever be able to get the book published because I don't think it fits into one specific genre. One minute I am feeling very enthusiastic and positive about the story, and the next I'm convinced that I should toss it in the trash because it will never be marketable.
I am curious to hear opinions on this issue. Do you think it is necessary for a story to fit neatly into a genre category? Do you think a mash-up of two or more genres is a possibility?
Part of me feels that if I've done a good job on the story I can find an audience for it regardless of what genre it is or isn't. But then there is also a part that is whispering in my ear that I've made a terrible mess and should just throw in the towel. I'm not going to listen to that whispering, but I do wish it would shut up!
Thanks as always to Alex for hosting this great group!
I also wanted to give a shout-out to my buddy Susan Oloier and her book Fractured, which is officially released today! I had the good fortune to get to know Susan during the A-Z Challenge, and I totally loved her 80s-themed challenge since I will always be an 80s girl at heart. I read her collection of childhood stories, "My Life As A Misfit," last month and really enjoyed it, so I know Fractured will be great as well. Congratulations to Susan!!