In my further attempts to narrow down the sort of things I’m likely to end up writing stories about, I have abandoned text and gone for a diagram. This is the map of my personal genre crossovers:
So, we’ve got
Plain Historical, Plain Fantasy, Plain Romance and Plain Mystery.
Shining in the Sun is a plain romance, and I have an idea for a plain mystery and a plain historical which may or may not come to pass. But I’m not as happy writing in a single genre as I am writing in at least two at once.
So False Colors, Captain’s Surrender and Blessed Isle are all AD – Historical Romance.
The Witch’s Boy is AB – Historical Fantasy.
Under the Hill is ABD – Fantasy with a strong element of History and Romance.
The Wages of Sin is ABCD – Mystery, Historical Romance and elements of Fantasy.
Future projects include
Whirlwind Boys (AD), an idea for a Historical Mystery (AC) and an idea for a Historical Fantasy Mystery (ABC)
The most consistent thing in the lot is the A – the historical element. That’s interesting, as I didn’t realize I was quite that wedded to it. My new tag line definitely seems to sum it all up, though 🙂
It was interesting thinking this through. It does give me a brand of sorts, but also plenty of room to manoeuvre. Why haven’t I tried Steampunk yet, I wonder? You’d have thought it was everything I liked in a single package.