Wed 08 July 2015

Writing Genre - What’s yours?

Posted by. James Jackson This article was posted in General and tagged with Indie Authors

Authors and what they write

terran chronicles universe blog There are numerous categories in the literary world, seemingly an almost endless list. Starting off with the basics, all works are designated as either non-fiction or fiction. We assign a suitable age range to the work, and then from there, the options continue.

Fact based books range from historical and scientific journals, to autobiographies, and cover a wide range of topics.

Fiction is broken down into many subcategories. Some of these include; Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, and Thrillers. Romance is the most popular, with Mysteries/Thrillers and Nonfiction coming in close together at second and third. Science Fiction and Fantasy are next, followed by Children's books and Literary Fiction who are also close in sales.

Each author becomes associated with a certain style or theme. Steven King and James Herbert are well known for writing horror stories, while Isaac Asimov is associated with science fiction, and J.K. Rawlings is renowned for her adventure series. These famous authors have produced other material, but their 'other work' is not what establishes them as writers to the general public.

When a person chooses to write, they usually start with a topic that is closer to home, or more familiar to them. From the top, here is a brief list of some authors, and what they write.


The first two people who come to mind are Mellissa Foster and Charity Parkerson. Both of these ladies have written numerous Romance novels, and while these authors are recipients of many literary awards, the flavor of their work differs. Thus, even within a particular genre, a writer's flair and style generates differing results to the reader's experience.


Gae-Lyn Woods and Tim O'Neil write within these genres. Gae-Lyn is writing a crime based series around a young detective, while Tim writes about a former green beret. The end result is two compelling mystery/thriller series.


The first person who comes to mind is Vanessa Finaughty, an amazing fantasy writer. Her work showcases her imagination, and takes the reader on an adventure of a lifetime.

Science Fiction:

Naturally I am going to plug myself into this category! I am working on making a name for myself within the Sci-fi genre of writing. This does not mean that I won't produce other works in the future, say a children's adventure book, or a horror story, but I hope to always be known for my science fiction efforts.

Multiple Genre:

Robbie Cox is an example of a multiple-genre writer. He writes both Romance novels, and Adventure novels. Only time will tell which Robbie will eventually be known for, and thus associated with. I enjoyed his adventure novel immensely, while the feedback I am getting from his Romance novels is fantastic.


This genre of writing is a small sliver of the overall pie, but a person who deserves recognition is Andrea Shannon. She writes from the heart, which is the best way to write.

Based on Fact:

Stories which are based on true events can exist in many genre. By their very nature they are usually limited to Autobiographies, Adventure, Romance, or historical works.
Kevin Swarbrick writes novels which are filled with his life's ups and downs. They take the reader on an emotional rollercoaster ride.

Stephanie Neighbour is about to enter the author world with her first book, also one based on her experiences. I will not 'spill the beans' on this story, but will say that it promises to be a heartfelt insight at life, through her eyes.

This is but the briefest of comments on each genre, and but a few authors mentioned, ranging from the powerhouse best sellers of Mellissa and Charity, to Stephanie, who is yet to publish.

The literary world is an amazing place, filled with all manner of stories. As a young boy I enjoying Enid Blyton's adventure series, or Arthur C Clark's novels. I soon began reading stories by Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, James Herbert, Stephen King, Frank Herbert, Orson Scott Card, Dean Koontz, and the list goes on. However, my favorite books of all time are; Kenneth Grahame's, 'The Wind in the Willows', and Edward Lear's, 'Book of Nonsense', particularly his 'Owl and the Pussycat' poem.

Owl and the Pussy Cat

Take it easy mates.

James Jackson