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Cross-Genre Challenge: Action and Fantasy

The series of books I’m working on are solidly in cross-genre territory, which (I hear) is a wild and forbidding place in terms of attracting readers, and in terms of marketing.  On the one hand, the books are action/adventure: guns, fights, yachts, and international travel. I do a lot of research to make this stuff as accurate and believable as possible. On the other hand, most of my characters are not human, and the plot is driven by extra-terrestrial concerns. There is magic. In the later part of the series, I plan to have much or even all of the action taking place on non-Earth worlds.

Now, I’m writing these books because this story has captured my imagination for years. I’ve incorporated the things I love, and I love both action and fantasy. Case in point: the two major influences on my imaginary life as a child were Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. To me, this blend of genres is like ice cream and chocolate cake – both delicious on their own, but even better together.

What I’m concerned about is how to write the story so that the genre-crossing is delicious for other people, too. I want to make the blend seem natural, inevitable even, and not jarring and annoying. Not like, say, ice cream and tacos. Continue reading Cross-Genre Challenge: Action and Fantasy