Genre tips

#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Alien Romance

The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic in the month of April, every day except Sundays. 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 time, will be writing genres.

Alien Romance


human and alien fall in love

Tipsa to z

  1. Usually, Earth woman is forced to go to another world.
  2. This could be that she is sold into slavery, a prisoner (of either war or a convicted criminal), or does so voluntarily.
  3. Stories are much like traditional romance except that they require one partner to be non-human.
  4. These stories usually have a HEA ending.
  5. Establish the rules of your alien world.
  6. Make the alien characters compelling; include their physical appearance, culture, values, and goals.
  7. Consider how to address the communication barrier.
  8. Even though they’re aliens, you are writing for humans, so focus on emotions and universal themes.
  9. Be creative with physical intimacy; make sure it’s believable without being confusing.
  10. Include conflict, as every good romance would. Consider the cultural and societal differences between your characters and how these differences may lead to conflict.

Popular Books

  1. Dark Planet Warriors by Anna Carven
  2. Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip Dick
  3. Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon
  4. The Krinar Chronicles by Anna Zaires
  5. Mated to an Alien Warrior by Honey Phillips
  6. Royal Alien Mate by Sue Mercury
  7. Soulless by Gail Carriger
  8. Tink’s Neverland by S.E. Smith
  9. The Mount by Carol Emshwiller

Click for complete list of these 26 genres

Click for a complete list of all genres I’ve written about

More A Genres:

Help me crowdsource books for the genres

Instead of searching for popular books in each genre, I’ll crowdsource them–include books as often as possible written by Indie authors. That means yours. Here’s how you get involved:

  • Go through the list of F-Z genres (and subgenres) at Many 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. For example: If you write dystopian fantasy, I can include you in “Dark Fantasy”.
  • In the comments, tell me your name, your book, 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 include your book in the examples with a link to where it can be purchased.

If you’d like to guest host one of the genres, I’d love that, too. Just let me know.

That’s it! I sure hope you play along with me on this!

Here’s the genre list (links aren’t live until publication).

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.


76 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Alien Romance

  1. Just realised I’ve been loving such fantastic relationships all my life. – sold as mythology… ..
    All those chimeric creatures, half human, half other, Superman and Lois Lane, ? In that case, why not Iolanthe and the Lord Chancellor ?

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  2. Your blog is a fantastic resource. As for “alien romance,” I now want to write one that turns #1 and #2 on their heads. (I don’t think I’m going to. I don’t really write romance. But the impulse is now there, thanks to you.) I never considered all the genres you’ve covered. It’s a shame that “Anthology” (is that really a “genre,” though?) was 2018 – my writing group just released one in November 2022. We could use the plug! 😀

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  3. Hi Jacqui
    Alien Romance as a genre?
    We never got the idea to call these books a genre. For us it’s just books of the same topic.
    Nevertheless, thanks a lot
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  4. I would think this happens a lot in sci-fi, doesn’t it? At least the ones I read (admittedly not a lot) usually show that in our essence, we’re all the same. We might look different but we all want to be understood, accepted and loved.

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  5. So, I’m a little confused following all your links, because it looks like you’re going through the alphabet again and again with different genres. For example, my trilogy could fit the Family Saga genre, but that appears to be one you’ve already treated in a previous run-through of the alphabet.

    As far as I can tell which genres you have coming up … do I have an Epic for you!
    The Strange Land

    I’d be happy to write the “Epic” post if you want, although you probably know and love at least as many Epics as I do, maybe more. I would name The Lord of the Rings, Watership Down, Clan of the Cave Bear, and S.M. Stirling’s Emberverse series.

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  6. It’s a leap into an alien abyss thinking about Alien Romance. However, after reading your ‘About Me’ and the Tip List…no doubt you have it covered. I do like a good romance story….not sure about tip #3. Thanks for visiting ‘A Dig Artist’s Diary’…I left you a reply.

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    • Thanks, Sue! One thing I really like about AtoZ is the people who do it are completely different than my usual community. I get the opportunity to meet some amazing new bloggers I never would have otherwise. I appreciate your visit.


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