This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s question – What do you love about the genre you write in most often?
I write in two genres because they satisfy different needs.
- Thrillers–I love the strong, superhuman characters that are flawed. Their fights are often as much with themselves as with the world they’re trying to save. Who can’t relate to that? Well, I’m one out of two: I am flawed!
- Historic fiction–This genre fills my lust for research. I easily lose myself in long-gone worlds but when I try to share this passion with others, their eyes glaze over (I mean, who watches five hours of YouTube videos on stone knapping?) But, when I fictionalize that data, adding dramatic events, realistic settings, a story arc, and intriguing characters, even I enjoy it better.
My love of thrillers (especially the superhuman characters) has led me to fantasy where excellent authors build unreal characters who are as real as those I admire in my thrillers.
I look forward to reading your thoughts!
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the upcoming Born in a Treacherous Time. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.