The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I find that too busy and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.
My topic, like the last three times, will be writing genres.
chronicles the lives and doings of a family or interconnected families over a period of time
80% of bestsellers used to be family saga so take these tips seriously!
- The family can be any type but must have passions and experience making/losing fortunes.
- The family at the center of the story is best to be in crisis–about to explode or implode.
- You should cover two generations at least.
- Most family sagas center around a strong female matriarch.
- Best to include love–lost or found or both but since the majority of readers are female, this is a good idea.
- And, the love interest is probably forbidden for some reason.
- Family sagas can be a subgenre of almost any genre–historical fiction, sci fi, whatever. Just be sure to include the elements within the genre framework.
- A family saga must include everything from birth to death and in between.
The linked books were recommended by readers:
- Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair
- Plunge: One Woman’s Pursuit of a Life Less Ordinary by Liesbet Collaert
- The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Sister Pact by Jacqui Biggar
- Swiss Chocolate trilogy by Martha Reynolds
- Tiger Tail Soup by Nicki Chen
- The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
- Evergreen by Belva Plain
- Roots by Alex Haley
- Dune by Frank Herbert
BTW: If the book you’ve written fits into any of these genres, let me know in the comments and I’ll include you, the book title, and where to purchase it.
More F Genres:
Jacqui Murray is the author of the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers as well as the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She has written over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.