When I entered the publishing industry and the stardust dimmed to a shimmer, (it still shimmers, it does), one of the first things that I noticed was the all important GENRE. And really? My novels don't particularly fall into one or another. Which is why they are tagged differently everywhere. Some say they are Historical Fiction (true!), some say Family Saga (True!). Some say Magical Realism (True for one, not for the other....), and some say Romance. (That's another blog post altogether.) Women's Fiction seems to be the over arching genre. And, unlike other authors who I adore, and truly see their point of view, I don't mind that. HOWEVER... ahem... men like my books too! The YA audience as well. Heck, even some 9 year old kids have sent me emails. What genre is that? General fiction doesn't seem to cover it.
Are you ready? Here is my genre: "TRAGIC COTTON"
Now, it doesn't have to make sense to you. It only has to make sense to me, because that is what I'm trying to evoke with my words. Emotion, Loss, Hope, Crisp Writing, Nostalgia, and a damn fine story. Oh, and a secret. Always a secret.
I'll leave you with a short example of what I mean. A poem. I hope you enjoy it and can see the TRAGIC COTTON there!
And if there were a truer shade of blue,
it wouldn't be the me I see inside.
For all the moments that I gave away,
my rage laced sorrow hid and softly lied.
It's only when I look at me through you,
my gypsy soul unhindered in the blue.
And roses bloom under my work worn feet.
My hair falls down my back, not gray at all.
XO Suzy THE LOST WITCH (Me)