What is a genre?

I am working on so many things that cannot be pigeonholed as a specific genre based on the current formulas. It is ridiculous that I have to make my work fit into a style so it will be seriously considered by an agent/editor. I have a short story from a female perspective that’s not only for one age group of women, and a historical fiction that has a romance but isn’t the bodice ripping, throbbing manhood romance. The history is solid and well researched.

I love history, geography and humans. When you read my work it will educate, and draw the reader to the human side of the story.  My story about sisters will make you take a look at the depth of the sisterly symmetry. My historical will give you understanding of what it took to live in Arizona Territory and how two people adjust to an unexpected relationship.

History is the first cousin of geography. Discovering the integration of the two is education in human motivation. The progress of history is intimate with the discovery and understanding of geography. The compulsion for a pile of rocks with my name on it can drive humans to conquer. It happens.

Why would anyone in their right mind decide to settle in southern Arizona or northwestern North Dakota? What motivates a pregnant woman and her young children to travel by covered wagon from Tennessee to north central Texas? Where is the conscious of the humans who took advantage of war to accumulate wealth after 1865 in the US? It is about land, ground, terra firma and land is wealth.

How is it that two sisters who are so incredibly different in personality and desires, be deeply imprinted on each other with closeness and understanding? Have you ever thought you wouldn’t be friends with your sibling if you weren’t siblings? What is the difference – the secrets you share or the life of forced contact? What will you allow in a sibling you would scorn in someone else?

Humans. What was God thinking?

So you see I am struggling with what my genre is and how can I be marketed? My stories are human stories. Human desire and human motivation. Humans have a desire for love and acceptance and they find this in home and other humans.  Do you see?

-N

 

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