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.
set in a particular historical time frame and involves the solving of a mystery or crime (usually murder); sometimes called ‘historical suspense’
- Make the historic era as important as the plot and characters but not more important than the mystery.
- Each chapter should contain its own narrative arc with rising action and a climactic moment to end of the chapter.
- Don’t shy away from finishing each chapter on a cliffhanger.
- Keep chapters short. That makes them more dramatic.
- Raise questions and delay the answer. Hint at what’s coming but don’t reveal it.
- A Ghost in the Kitchen by Teagan Geneviene
- Labyrinthine Journey by Luciana Cavallero
- Anything featuring Sherlock Holmes
- Athenian Mystery series by Gary Corby
- The Desert God by Wilbur Smith
- The Pingkang Li Mysteries by Jeannie Lin
- Sarah Gilchrist Series by Kaite Welsh
- Tongwan City by Gao Jianqun
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 H Genres:
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 Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of 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.