by Dianne Harman
Romance, dystopian, science fiction, etc. A friend recently made the comment that most writing today is “post genre.” The more I write, and the more I read, the more valid that comment seems to be.
What started me thinking about this subject is what happened to my novel, Blue Coyote Motel. I wrote a story as the events and characters dictated. An author asked me what it was about. I told him it was the story of a scientist who becomes deranged and puts a “feel good” drug in the air-conditioning of the motel where unsuspecting guests stayed. He told me I’d written a thriller–a suspense novel.
But the word thriller didn’t take into account the various love relationships in the book. And what about the drug addiction? And the locations – Thailand, Provence, Nepal? Genre?
It’s been called Alfred Hitchcockian, existential, spiritual, reminiscent of Twilight Zone, etc. Readers see a lot of different elements in the book. Amazon made it a mystery/thriller quarterfinalist in their Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Goodreads chose it as their Psychological Thrillers Group Book of the Month.
I like complex characters and plots. However, no matter how good a book is, if no one reads it, it doesn’t matter. It’s becomes a question of marketing. It’s much easier to sell something written for a specific audience. I understand that. But if an author writes for one audience (obviously this does not apply to a non-fiction book on how to fix the drain in the sink), does it become a form of pandering? Will good books not be written because they’re going to be a hard sell? I’d like to believe if a book is good, an audience will be found. Yeah, I still put cookies and milk on the hearth on Christmas Eve!
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