IWSG: What’s Your Favorite Genre?


Huzzah! For the month of January, I met my goal of posting a blog entry every week. And now it’s once again time for our monthly blog hop from Insecure Writers Support Group. Thanks to this month’s co-hosts Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte! Join the conversation by clicking on the link above. This month’s question: What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

I actually wrote about this a few weeks back: On Redemption Songs and Romance.  http://latebloomingrose.com/archives/998

Besides romance, I also write cozy mysteries, meaning they’re set in a small town, and the sleuth is an amateur who relies on her relationships in said small town to solve the crime. What I love about mysteries is the knowledge that justice will prevail and the evildoers will get what’s coming to them. I also enjoy the puzzle aspect and the challenge of planting clues along the way. I’m currently working my latest cozy mystery (with strong romantic elements, because love makes me happy) through my critique group. It tickles me to no end to hear their theories about whodunit.

I also enjoy exploring humanity’s dark side, those murderous impulses we all have from time to time. Go on, admit it. Sometime, during the past month, you’ve mentally murdered someone, haven’t you? Especially if you’ve spent much time in traffic. I believe that each of us is capable of great good and ferocious evil, given the right circumstances. It’s fun to set up a situation in which someone who’s not normally a monster feels justified in killing a fellow human who’s done them wrong.

I’m not such a fan of thrillers involving actual monsters, human or otherwise, because I prefer characters I can relate to in some way.

I’m hoping my two main threads will merge into a line of schmexy romantic suspense novels. Sexual tension plus lurking malevolence, with a topping of righteous comeuppance–that equals a good read, as far as I’m concerned.

How about you? Do you enjoy a bit of murderous mayhem?

17 thoughts on “IWSG: What’s Your Favorite Genre?

  1. Juneta

    I love reading a bit of all genre, except horror, however, there are a few horror-thriller mixes I have enjoyed and original classics like Dracula, Frankenstein and Jekyll and Hide type.

  2. raimeygallant

    Hmmm…that’s a good question. How many people have I mentally murdered in the last month. I’ve been fairly relaxed, so not many. Maybe a couple. I’d say I murdered quite a few last September. That was a big month for mentally murdering people for me. 😉

  3. trishafaye

    I had a mystery idea floating around in my brain about 12-12 years ago. Even though I’ve read them for many years, I couldn’t get the plot, the red herrings, and the clues worked out and never started. Kudos to you for having this talent!

  4. Elsie

    I like the idea of a cozy mystery. It almost makes it sound “quaint” to find a murderer in our hometown. While I haven’t thought of killing anyone lately, I have thought of punching them in face. Not nice, but very true.

    Have a beachy week!

  5. Lee

    I always like the “righteous comeuppance” component – it’s satisfying in a way real life often isn’t. I do like some horror – not the graphic, limb-tearing type – more the mind game, intellectual type, especially when it includes the comeuppance.

  6. Debbie Johansson

    I’ve always loved the mystery/suspense genre as I grew up on Alfred Hitchcock. Like you, I also enjoy exploring the darker side as I’m addicted to true crime and serial killers. My husband likes to refer to this as researching different ways to get rid of him and spending more time with my ‘friends’. 😉


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