Friday, July 29, 2011

YA Indie Carnival - Week Three

Welcome back to week three of the YA Indie Carnival.  The third question being answered by the participating Indie Authors is ‘What made you pursue your chosen genre?’  Take a few minutes to visit our sites, read our responses, and leave us a comment.  We love hearing from you.

This particular topic is timely as it relates to The Warrior Series.  Over the last several months, I’ve noticed a healthy debate between reviewers about Warriors of the Cross and its genre.  It’s been labeled as young adult, paranormal romance, medical fiction, family saga, and Christian fiction.  While I’ve said all along this series transcends genres, the discussion has made me analyze how and why I wrote a story difficult to pigeonhole into one single category. 

In the end, I've decided The Warriors Series' various labels mimic each individual reason I began writing.  For example, I chose paranormal because it allowed me the opportunity to create a world I could control...a world where dying people could be healed with something as simple as touch. 

As a registered nurse, I naturally chose to write a medical fiction which included doctors, nurses, hospitals, and patients.  The realism of healthcare made an impossible power suddenly possible.  The topic allowed me to invent an exceptional power for the main character while creating a woman/doctor who is the perfect role-model for young girls.

I veered toward romance after I realized my teenage daughter LOVED romantic novels.  It was a time when she had begun growing distant.  When she talked about the stories and their characters, she became animated and reverted back to my daughter rather than a stranger.  Our shared love of books reunited us and ignited a friendship.  Before long, we had our own book club.  After I wrote Warriors of the Cross, she critiqued the story and saw we were more alike than we were different. 

Honestly, I’d never even heard of Christian fiction until someone categorized Warriors of the Cross as a book of that genre.  While I understand how the series earned its label, I’m confident it is such a thorough mixture of young adult, paranormal, medical, and Christian fiction that no one thing is overpowering.  In fact, it is the perfect balance of genres, which makes it unlike any other book I’ve ever read.  It is a unique choice in a market saturated with the predictable.

The authors teaming with me and sponsoring this carnival have books that are anything but predictable.  Join me in visiting their sites.

NEXT, take a ride with: 

Dani Snell - Book Blogger
Pattie Larsen - Author

Courtney Cole - Author

Wren Emerson - Author

Nicole Williams - Author

Fisher Amelie - Author

P. J. Hoover - Author
Laura Elliott - Author
Amy Jones Young - Author
Rachel Coles (Rachel Coles. Geek. Mom. Book Reviews.) - Author and Book Blogger
Tiffany King - Author
Cyndi Tefft - Author
Alicia McCalla - Author
Heather Cashman - Author

T. R. Graves - Author(end up back here with me)


  1. Hi T.R.

    Wow, now that is a lot of genre! LOL! Your book series sounds really incredible to me. I really related to what you said about creating a character that would make a good role model for young girls today. Sadly, they are few and far between in the real world (Snooky, Paris, need I say more?). YA Fiction is a great place to sneak in character education with teens.

    Since your book is a cross genre I would recommend that you list it by the two genres it represents the most in your mind. My book is quite complex too. It could be labeled as fantasy, paranormal, romance, science fiction, or urban fantasy. I tend to go with the paranormal romance label because I feel those to genres summarize it the best. Just my two cents.

    I look forward to your next post!

  2. Sometimes I really dislike genres. It's like taking a person and categorizing them by their race. There are so much more to books than genre, and yet there's no escaping the fact that we must be labeled. Your book sounds great, and I have also had a lot of fun with my girls and discussing books.

  3. I love that your writing created a bridge between you and your daughter and that you started a book club together. Go, Mom! :)


  4. Amy, I agree. Usually, I describe the book as a paranormal romance and let others come to their own decision.

    Heather, it’s nice to meet you and thanks for the analogy. It fits the situation perfectly.

    Cyndi, I'm thankful every day my method worked. My daughter and I were so close when she was little she wouldn't go to sleep without holding my hand. I had to find a way to make sure that bond remained intact.

    All, have a great weekend.

  5. T.R.--what a fantastic way to connect with your daughter! And as for pigeonholes... let others worry about genre--you focus on writing what you love and what the voices tell you to. :)

  6. Wow, I started writing because of my daughter too. She loves scary stories, and had already gone through all the scary stories we could find, at least appropriate for a kindergartner. So we started making them up together. I am touched that your writing changed your relationship with your daughter.