Happy Friday, friends!
I was recently tagged by E.G. Bella for the Jolly Genre Jubilee Tag, so I thought it would be fun to do that today!
- Thank the blogger who tagged you, and leave a link back to their blog (Thank you so much, Bella! Link is up above).
- Leave a link back to the creator of the tag.
- Tag 3+ friends to do the tag on their own blogs.
- Include at least one gif of a pelican (All right, here we go!).
Onto the questions!
1. What is your favorite genre to write?
Fantasy, hands down, especially YA (young adult) fantasy. The first fantasy books I fell in love with were the ones by Jeri Massi (I can’t remember their name and they’re so obscure that probably no one else has ever heard of them). But they hold a special place in my heart and my childhood because they opened up my eyes to a whole new world.
There’s just something so delightful about fantasy’s other-worldliness, and I love how it allows you to teach powerful truths about God and the gospel through symbolism. It’s a great way to reach unbelievers who don’t want to read explicitly Christian books. And you can take liberties with fantasy that you can’t with other genres!
2. What genre would you never get caught writing?
Horror, FOR SURE. I have never understood its appeal! I could go on and on about how unnecessary horror is and how it doesn’t even deserve a place as a genre, but I’ll spare you that speech.
3. What fictional genre feels most like home to you?
I’d have to say medieval fantasy. That was the first genre I read and most of the books I’ve read have been medieval fantasy, so that time period feels very familiar to me.
4. If you could transform your real life into any genre of your choosing, which would it be?
I’d love to go back to medieval times and live as a princess or wise woman. There’s just something about princesses, knights in shining armor, castles, and the occasional dragon that makes this era seem so mystical, exciting, and fantastical. But mind you, only for a day. This girl likes her modern, comfortable life with all its conveniences very much, so I wouldn’t like to be stuck there forever!
5. What genre does your real life most resemble at the moment?
I hate to say it, but probably dystopian. With a worldwide pandemic, widespread pandemonium, and increased government control, my life is looking scarily like a dystopian novel. That’s a frightening thought, but I know I can trust God to carry me through anything. This world isn’t my home. Heaven is, and no matter how a mess this world is and how it seems to crumble more and more every day, I can have peace knowing I am safe in Jesus’ arms.
6. What’s a genre you’re interested in writing, even though you’ve never written it before?
I’d love to try my hand at science fiction, maybe even dystopian. I haven’t tried it before because I used to dislike science fiction before I discovered not all of them were about aliens in space and there were actually some really good ones out there (I’m looking at you, Operation Lionhearted!). Plus, I don’t have enough knowledge of futuristic weapons and technology to do it justice. But I’d love to try it someday as I read more of it and grow my knowledge!
7. What genre is your most recent plot bunny, and where did it come from?
My most recent story idea was an Oriental fantasy story (Are you sensing a theme here?) set on an island nation. Here’s my concept, if you’d like to know more:
Misaki Ishida joined the Inoku Border Patrol to prove her loyalty after her brother defected to the Leserian smugglers three years ago. Now Commandant, she protects the island’s magical water source from the smugglers along with Ren, her fiancé and long-time friend of her brother. But when he disappears, leaving a note that he’s gone looking for her brother, Misaki sets out to get him back before the smugglers find him. When she stumbles upon a wounded albino Water Dragon while searching for clues, her first instinct is to let it die—they’re known to help smugglers, after all—but out of compassion for the outcast, she nurses it back to health. In gratitude, the Dragon shows her an underwater tunnel leading into Leseria’s interior and straight into the hands of the smugglers, where she finds Ren held captive—and her brother is their leader. The smugglers need the underground magical water source to create an elixir that will transform their people into mighty warriors. But they need Misaki’s research to help them find it and create the right recipe. If she refuses, they’ll kill Ren, or worse, use him for their experiment. As Misaki descends into the heart of Inoku, she begins to realize the Dragon is the only one who can get them out before the Guardians awaken and the island collapses. The question is, can she trust him?
Oh goodness, I’m not really sure where it came from. It was partly inspired by the idea of writing a story similar to How to Train Your Dragon, but set in an Asian nation and with a sea dragon. It was also inspired by the island nation from the Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson and by a photo of a fantasy sea creature I saved on Pinterest. As you can see, my inspiration comes from a lot of different places!
8. How many genres have you written thus far in your writing journey?
Hmm, let’s see. I’ve tried fantasy, historical fiction, biblical fiction, middle-grade fiction, contemporary, and non-fiction so far. So quite a variety!
And now for the nominees!
- Joy Caroline @Discipleship with Joy
- Eliana @Eliana the Writer
- Grace Johnson
- And YOU if you would like to do it!
How would you answer these questions? What is your favorite genre to write and which genre would you never write? How many genres have you written so far? And which genre feels most like home to you and why?