When you write about a great many things, its difficult to pinhole them into a specific genre. If demons aren't called demons, what are they? If demons live in space, is it Sci-Fi or not? I struggle with this on a daily basis. One day someone will ask me about my work and I'll say,
"Contemporary Sci-Fi." The next moment I'm trying to quantify that.
"Well its not Sci-Fi with spaceships and stellar rays. and all that. Its Science Fiction because its fiction and there is scientific theory to back it up."
But is that Sci-Fi?
There are monsters and men who are monsters. Does that make it horror?
There are creatures who drink blood. Does that make it paranormal?
Then there's the fact I made it all up. Does that make it Fantasy?
Sometimes it is so confusing, I end up confused myself.
"Its contemporary Sci-Fi with Military Action Adventure for Aquasapien, but when you register the ISBN number etc it only lets you put in two genres. Then its Adult too with actual sex scenes, so is that Erotica? How do I choose? Which genres sell the most? Sex and Science?
Walk around any bookstore or library and the chances are you're going to miss some amazing book because its publisher/author has entered it into a genre you don't read and wouldn't think of looking at in a million years.
I don't read romance. Can't stand it. So clichéd. Boy meets girl (or boy meets boy etc) fall in love, fall out of love over some hidden secret. Fall back in love. Either happy ever after or gone or dead.
But I love Twilight. Its a romance. If they had put it on the romance shelves, I never would have considered it. Okay the film and song helped too. But my point is, a book wins or loses all on its genre, its USP (Unique Selling Point) and I've yet to create mine for What If?
Katie Wadlow is a normal woman living in a normal town.
One evening she discovers nothing will ever be normal again.
There are bad guys and then there are Demons.
Just returned from warmer climes back to the everyday world of work and getting up early. First time visiting Malta. Loads of history, stunning architecture and heat. 41C at the height of the day. Fortunately, lots of water to cool off in and alcohol to drink in the form of cocktails. Should have been the ideal place to write considering its the home of Games of Thrones. Many scenes were filmed here including Kings Landing, the Red Keep and of course the notorious brothel, Little Fingers place.
Took my handy notepad to write but didn't manage it initally. Also took my Mindfullness notes with a plan to do my exercises too, but I decided that I was "being there" nearly all the time and apart from my toothbrushing routine and several body scans that was the extent of my endeavours - until week two.
Generally, I find that the first week I'm still buzzing about trying to find things to do and its not until the second week I finally chillax. That's when my writing vibe comes on. I wrote a new Chapter for Aquasapien three staring Malta and also another for Quest for Courage so not a complete disaster.
Regards my last novel What If? I've decided to submit to Pitch Wars this year. May not be successful but its made me write hopefully a good query letter and synopsis for it. On the downside there's a unexpected hiccup with the editing, but I'm still planning to submit the first chapter that needs to go with it. As a result I've now got my material for the next Inspirations meeting sorted so raring to go now.
Next meeting this Saturday 10am to 12.30 Westgate Library all welcome.