H is for…Genre? Hmmm

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Maybe I should have talked about genre yesterday, but featuring my cozy mystery, Her Cousin, Much Removed (which is free today) got me thinking about the topic, a day late for G. It’s all going haywire over here.

Anyway, my natural genre is humorous, offbeat science fiction. It’s how my brain works, it’s how I see the world and our relationship to technology. But then I got this opening line in my head, and suddenly I had to write it down. And then the next part.

I’m not a planner by any means, but suddenly I found myself surrounded by charts and notes, details about characters and their motivations, suspicious of everyone. And then I got to the point of the book where I had to figure out who did it.

It was staring at me, right there, from the notes. And I’ll tell you, it wasn’t the person I set out to pin it on. People surprise you, even when they’re fictional.

After I wrote the cozy, as I affectionately called it, I wrote a sequel to Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) which I’m currently editing. Going from a genre that wasn’t natural for me to one that was was like training with weights on my typing fingers. I took them off and ran faster than I had before.

Now I’m stretching in a different direction, with fantasy and young adult. It really sends your brain to new places, makes you willing to try a new approach, see things, while writing, a totally different way.

Have you tried a different genre? How did it go?

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Have Her Cousin, Much Removed

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How I’ve waited for H, wanting to hurry along the alphabet. H gives us matching pronouns (hers and his) happiness, hunger and hankering, a fun word that doesn’t tell you anything about what it means. But none of those words are why.

H, today, is for Her Cousin, Much Removed, my cozy mystery that made its debut last week, and today (April 9) and tomorrow (April 10) it’s free! Meet Venetia Shipman, former-lawyer-turned-urban gardener. When her sort-of cousin, Delenda O’Brien dies, Venetia finds herself in the middle of the investigation. And not in a good way.

Help yourself to a copy, and enjoy. It’s twisty.

cozy final cover Her Cousin, Much Removed by I. L. Wolf. Amazon for FREE. Venetia Shipman wasn’t exactly fond of her cousin(ish) Delenda O’Brien, and Delenda’s sudden death didn’t really change that, especially since it looks like Delenda was trying to frame Venetia for something. What, she doesn’t know, but now this lawyer-turned-urban-gardener is in it up to her eyeballs thanks to her, and, to make it worse, Delenda died without even returning Venetia’s platter.

Now she may never get it back.

Detective Cadby James is on the case, and while he may not be too bad looking, Venetia isn’t so sure he can solve the murder without her help. Whether he wants it or not.

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