It’s not always easy for a writer to figure out where what they write fits in the cookie cutter categories imposed by booksellers and promoters. Unfortunately, if the book doesn’t fit perfectly anywhere, it might be featured on the wrong sites and blogs, displayed on the wrong shelf where it will not sell, or be ignored completely.
|White Tiger is an award-winning Science Fiction/Fantasy romance
featuring a medieval type of society on another planet
along with technologically advanced aliens
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This is especially true for writers like me, who like to mix genres. Since I’m rarely satisfied with one straight genre as a reader, the same is true when I write. My next book blends Science Fiction (set in space, other planets, and a space station) with Fantasy (immortal angels with amazing powers, telepathic felines) and Romance (the love story at the crux of the book). I also like to write strong heroines, evil villains, a lot of action, and I enjoy portraying the fight between good and evil… where the margins are often blurred.
|The Ancient Enemy series features the “Worst villain in Science Fiction… Captain Kavak” The heroines carry guns, like many of my heroines. They are the key to saving the human race. And romance is their reward.|
So, where does my story fit? It’s not literary since I write to entertain. It’s not mainstream since Science Fiction and Fantasy are small niche markets. So, what is it?
One thing I have going for me is my voice. Whether I write medieval romance, fantasy, action adventure, or science fiction, the professional reviewers recognize my unique style… and they usually like my brand of fiction. “Phenomenal world building, characters the readers care about, and an intriguing mystery… all the elements one expects from a Vijaya Schartz story! Easily recommended!” CK2sKwipsandKritique.
|Ashes for the Elephant God is a unique brand of reincarnation romance
set in India. This award-winning book doesn’t fit any category.
Originality and quality are good, I guess, but it takes longer for readers to discover your particular brand when it is spread over several genres. And not all are willing to cross genre from medieval to science fiction to contemporary romance.
The solution? Write for the market? I would never do that. I am proud to write the books of my heart, and I will continue writing them. I may not have as many readers as other popular authors, but my readers are fiercely loyal. They love my stories, and I love them, too. Fortunately, my publishers stick with me because they like my books as well.
|My latest series, just completed this year, is Fantasy (based on authentic legends) and medieval, as well as romance.|
So expect more romance, action, adventure, science fiction, fantasy, or historical stories, with exotic settings, strong heroines and despicable villains, where the fight between good and evil is front and center.