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#AtoZ 2023–Can you Help?

I’ve done the #AtoZ challenge for about four years (5 maybe?). I like learning about new genres so will join again with the same theme–genres. As usual, I’ll do this differently than the stated rules. I’ll post a few a month with the goal of finishing in about two years.

Help me crowdsource the books

One more change I’ll make: If any on my list below are your genre, I’d welcome an article from you in lieu of mine. It should include:

  • genre definition
  • tips for writing it
  • examples (which should include yours)

If you don’t want to commit to an article, I’d be happy to include your book in my list of examples. Here’s how you get involved:

  • Go through the list of genres (and subgenres) below. They are less common than the usual so you’ll have to read the definitions and decide where your books fit. If you’re close, that’s good enough. 
  • In the comments, tell me your book name, a link to where it’s sold, and the genre it fits.
  • When I get to that genre (between April 1, 2023 and about two years later), I’ll put your book in the list of examples with a link to where it can be purchased. 

Here’s my list of genres (links don’t work until the article is posted):

A Alien Romance–human and alien fall in love

B Business Memoir–memoir about an individual’s experienece in business

C Comic–story told with images, drawings

D Dark Fantasy–a horror story with supernatural and fantasy elements

Epic–fictional saga over 110,000 words

F Forensic–a thriller featuring the work of forensic experts, whose involvement often puts their own lives at risk

G Gothic— involves elements of horror, romance, and suspense, and often features supernatural or mysterious events and settings.

H Henlit–a sub-genre of women’s fiction that focuses on the experiences of older women.

I Interior Realism–literary technique used in fiction that focuses on the interior experiences of characters, rather than external events or actions.

J Josei–Chinese genre–comics for teenage girls

K Kingdom Building–Chinese genre; a guy starts from nothing and builds his power base

L Legal Thriller–a thriller in which a lawyer confronts enemies outside as well as inside the courtroom, generally putting his own life at risk

M Mountain Men –stalwart, lonely protagonist roams the mountain ranges of the West.

Noir–dark, gritty tone, and typically features morally ambiguous protagonists, bleak urban settings, and a sense of disillusionment with society and human nature.

O Origin Story–explores the backstory of a particular character, object, or concept.

P Police Procedural–a crime thriller that follows the police as they work their way through a case.

Q Qasida (Arabic poetry)– typically composed of rhyming couplets and often features themes of love, loss, and the natural world.V  Victorian Romance–strange and uncanny speculative fiction (Twilight Zone).

R Regency novel–historical fiction that is set in England during the Regency period,

SimsLit –Sims Lit, also known as “SimLit,” is a genre of literature that is created using the video game The Sims. It involves using the game’s characters, settings, and objects to create stories and narratives

Technothriller–stories featuring technology that has run amok

QUest Quantum Fiction — genre of literature where the main character makes a quest to explore the philosophical and metaphysical implications of quantum mechanics

W Weird Tales–strange and uncanny speculative fiction (Twilight Zone).

X Xianxialike Wuxia–cultivating energy rather than martial arts, but otherwise much like it. Y 

Y Low FantasY–a world that is similar to our own, with the addition of supernatural or magical elements.

GlitZ and Glamour–Story focused on the jet-set elite and celebrity-like characters

Remember: If the book you’ve written fits any of these genres, let me know in the comments and I’ll include it and a link to purchase it.

OK. See you April 1st!


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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. 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, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Savage Land Winter 2024


68 thoughts on “#AtoZ 2023–Can you Help?

  1. Kafkaesque ? My uni copy of Metamorphosis had a huge Oriental cockroach on the cover. Worse than spiders ?
    Maybe less dark than Orwellian , also obligatory & not exactly fun.

    Thanks for the genre list – incredibly helpful, now I can place my WIP.

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  2. You did it again, Jacqui. You came up with another list of 20+ genres! I don’t think “Plunge” fits in any of them. Maybe the Origin Story? Most of the genres you mention don’t mean anything to me. I’ll have to read your descriptions when you get to them. Have fun with your unique twist on the A-Z blogging challenge!

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      • You are correct, Jacqui. And, our lifestyle is anything BUT glitz and glamour! We are roughing it pretty much every day. Well, kind of. Not like tent campers or motorcycle travelers. I’ve felt bad for those folks exploring the mountains of Colombia these weeks as it rains, hard, every freakin’ day!! It’s miserable.

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  3. I enjoy your genre series, Jacqui. I have a hard time fitting more stories into catagories. Not sure I see any that fit. Look forward to the series though!

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  4. Hi Jacqui – I look forward to these … and will be reading – even if I’ve no suggestions – other than my Quiet Zombie (which was made up)! Cheers and good luck – Hilary

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  5. Sounds like fun. I haven’t written a book, but I’m good at writing articles. I’d be happy to write one for you. “Police Procedural” jumped out as one I like to read and I could do article on that or any of the others you’d like my spin on.

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  6. I have books that fit a number of these, Jacqui, and I’d be happy to write an article on Dark Fantasy to help out. My Darkest Fantasy is The Bone Wall. Under Epic, I’d include Sunwielder. And The Socerer’s Garden probably qualifies as Low Fantasy. 🙂 Looks like a fun year (or two).

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  7. You amaze me, Jacqui, with your love of challenges. All the best with this latest adventure. I look forward to reading each segment. If interested, my latest book, Redemption, includes considerable police involvement – and procedures.

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  9. Nice twist on what you usually do – I’m just amazed there is still a whole alphabet of genres out there for you to use after all the years of doing this!!

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