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i’m not a black & white kind of person

Categorizing The Sky People Saga is giving me fits. I was told by another author not to talk about this in public, because it doesn’t instill confidence. Apparently my novel’s success hinges not on good storytelling, but on me developing excellent pigeonholing skills. I disagree, but that’s a different a discussion.

So, let’s talk about my embarrassing dilemma in public (without divulging spoilers). The Sky People Saga isn’t a black and white type of story any more than I am a black and white type of person.

Some of the characters are alien. That means science fiction, right?

Some of the characters are descendants of gods. That means fantasy, right?

Some of the characters are Ute Indian. That means myth, right?

Some of the characters are werewolves … though not revealed until Book II (yes, I’m working on Book II, while dear betas read Book I). That means paranormal, right?

Is The Sky People Saga science fiction? Fantasy? Paranormal? Or simply all of the above? Must I choose just one category?

A future fan smacked it when she said it sounds like Roswell the TV show (that was inspired by Roswell the book series.) That’s it! The Sky People Saga is in that vein. Aliens who look human entwined with Native American mysticism and shape-shifters.

What is Roswell?

And what do you think of when you hear those genre descriptors?

Thanks for reading,

PS. My hubs, who used to be a newspaper editor – and a damn good one at that, has read Manitou. After a few *cough* spelling and grammar fixes, it’s ready for betareaders! I will make time to put it in various ebook formats and send to those of you who have graciously agreed to read my debut novel. I can’t thank you enough! Expect an email from me soon!

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there’s darkness and then there’s darkness

Is it ironic only to me that a column in the Wall Street Journal which bemoans the dark nature of some YA fiction advocates darkness of a different kind?

And, as if YA is any worse than the fairy tales I heard as a child. Hansel and Gretel anyone? Did it scar me and make me afraid of old women who live in cottages? Um, nope.

Yes, some YA topics are very dark, covering horrible real-life issues such as abuse, suicide and self harm. Just imagine how horrible those problems are for teens to deal with in real life. And just imagine how alone teens struggling with real-life darkness must feel.

Books, even books about darkness, enlighten and expose more of the world to those who are otherwise locked behind a wall of ugly ignorance. See a previous post.

My childhood was average – not perfect parents by far, but they weren’t the worst. Other kids aren’t that lucky. Books are sometimes the only way they get to see over the wall. Just as important, I feel, is that young adults and adults who are lucky enough not to live a nightmare know that others are in hell.

{Ooooo, I said HELL! Notice to adults: teens cuss. Oh, and don’t even get me started about sex and teens, and the way too many teens learn about relationships and human reproduction.}

Yes, the world can be a dark place.Yes, YA exposes the darkness. Darkness can NEVER get too much light and darkness can NEVER be too visible.

You know what’s darker to me? Silence.

I’m going to get back to working on my dangerous YA novel. The book has already received some push-back from a couple of betareaders, because horrors upon horrors it has a teenaged atheist heroine. The good news is that a few betareading slots have opened up … 😉

Thanks for reading,

Read other responses to the WSJ columnist.

Bloggers [Heart] Books
Ink Blots and Quills 
Cheryl Rainfield (Author of Scars, one of the books mentioned in the column)
Jackie Morse Kessler
Steph Su Reads

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