Being a Genre Whore

So many of my writer friends are classified in their genre, mainly historical fiction, and are known for what they write, which is bloody good stuff. When people ask what they write, I imagine they quite confidently will say: “I write historical fiction” where as when people as me, it takes a moment for me to answer. That’s because I don’t feel I write for a particular genre. Hence my term Genre Whore.

This has plagued me continuously and no doubt eats away at the ever fragile writer confidence unnecessarily. Should I pick a genre to stick to or should I keep going freely as I have been doing? Yet, I don’t have the luxury of a well known brand to ride off, but all I know is deep in my soul, the story comes to me, I write it and then the genre is considered later. This was particularly true of Immortal. I wrote it and then couldn’t pigeon hole it. This is all fair and well, but when you are trying to sell it as a product then it helps if you know where to put it. :).  All my books have similar themes rather than a genre. They are all based on some form of twist of a biblical story or prophecy, both old and new testament, but would hardly categorize them as Christian Fiction, because I very much doubt any devout Christian would appreciate my take on their good book.

Now I’m about to delve into a world that both intimidates and excites me. It’s a genre that I love to read and I’m passionate about. History Fiction. Why does it intimidate me? Well because there are so many great writers out there and a lot I greatly admire that I feel a little out of my depth and also that I may be exposed as a fraud.

Again the over sensitive writers ego.

But I know my subjects and I know them well at that is my boost. I’m not stupid enough to dip my toe into a subjects like Rome or the Vikings. That’s a far too big a pond for me to make even a ripple in. That’s not in anyway demeaning my own skill, but I know the writers of such and they are beautifully talented in their word weaving and the readers have bloody high expectations. I know I am one of those readers.

Now as I start on toe dipping in the History Fiction pond, it now becomes even more evident that I’m changing genres for the sake of the story and I wonder if anyone else feels the same. Do you think sticking to a genre and a market is the way to go? Or should you just worry about that once the story has been told?

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About deborahcfoulkes

I was born and bred in the Yorkshire market town of Selby, which is lucky enough to have an historic abbey church at its centre, also being a 30 minute car drive to famous York, I use every bit of that history to create new worlds. My degree is in History and English Lit, but my leaning is towards history. I have a fascination with the Tudors and I’ve been told by a University tutor, I have an unhealthy liking for Henry VIII. That said my area of expertise study wise is Matthew Hopkins and the so called witches of the 1600’s. Books have been a part of my life as far back as I can remember and I count Stephen King, James Herbert and the Brothers Grimms as my literary heroes. I have a fondness for the macabre and a weakness for the antagonist of any story. By day, I work in a public library and by night or days off, I am hitting the keys of my lovely blue laptop

Posted on May 30, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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