Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Genre Crush

Thank you to Lexcade for this fun award.  Have a look at her blog, Going from Nobody to Somebody at: http://lexcade.blogspot.com

The goal of the Liebster is to showcase up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The rules:

Lydia selected this month’s topic for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog:

"I have a genre-crush on______"

This is a fun topic, and one I think about frequently.  I have two beloved genres I don’t try to write in: Cozy Mysteries and Historicals.

I adore Cozy Mysteries, especially those in the Aunt Dimity vein, by Nancy Atherton.  Murder optional, and no (or very little) blood.  They are all about figuring out a mystery, even a little one, and always have a happy ending.  My idea of a good evening.

I don’t write them because I’m not well connected to the modern world.  I don’t watch television.  I don’t even own a cell phone.  (And that little beast of technology makes mysteries harder – when it doesn’t make a new and scarier problem for the characters. LOL!).  Quite honestly, I have very little interest in modern society.  I just love trying to solve the mystery.

Historical novels, on the other hand, I don’t dare attempt – I’d never get past the research stage.  I could research forever.  I’m not interested in romance or war, so I’ve cut out three quarters of my possible readership.  I think I’d have fun writing a mystery set in 1880s California or England.  Or in 1780s England – another fun period for me, since I enjoy the clothing styles of both eras.  Oh, dear.  That shows my priorities, doesn’t it.  ;-)

What genre would you like to write in, but haven’t tackled yet?


  1. I would love to write a non-fiction piece like Erik Larson telling an interconnecting story of life on the streets. Almost like a documentary. I have a few people in mind I can follow. But credibility at this point is an issue. We'll see.

  2. You've listed some great genres to read, but hard ones to write! Nice post! :D

  3. My genre crush is YA. So hard to get an authentic voice with that.

  4. Hi Elizabeth! That kind of non-fiction strikes me as hard to break into, but I bet it would be a fascinating story!

    Hey Laura. :-)

    I think YA is hard, too, Julie. Voice is everything.

    Best wishes to you all in your writing!

  5. I hear you about the historical. I've done it once and it was endless research. :)


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