Writing to market – a genre that doesn’t fail!

So many times we hear, “I write to market” or the opposing view “Write your heart”. But what if you could do both? There is a market that never goes out of favor. It has people buying all year long, year after year after year and they buy it by the millions. If you could tap into that market and you could write it on your own schedule, wouldn’t you want to? Heck yeah! And that’s why you need to be writing Holiday Romances!

Holiday Romance is a booming genre. From Christmas and Thanksgiving to Valentines Day and Halloween people love the feel of a Holiday Romance. They love to live it and devour it over and over and over. And Holiday Romances can be written in any genre.

Love contemporary? Maybe a contemporary Valentines Romance might be right for you. Are you devoted to paranormal? Christmas with a pack full of shifters could be your cup of tea. Historical? A witch historical Samhain story could really set you apart. No matter your genre Holiday Romances sell.

The beauty of writing a Holiday Romance is that you can write them anytime you can fit them in and if it doesn’t work in your schedule to publish it this year, the market will still be there next year. Holiday Romances are not going to go out of style. So you don’t have to worry about writing something and then having to sit on it for another seven years until the market comes back around.

While I personally write what I love and not to market- because honestly, I’ve missed every trend in the last 3 years by a matter of months – I love to write holiday romances because I write them when I want and release them when I want. They are the ultimate mashup of both worlds, writing to market and writing what you love. Are there other genres you can do that in? Sure, but not many. Because honestly by the time you find out what is hot- and you write something for it- if you are going traditional and you submit the houses are full of a thousand other books being submitted in the same genre. Or if you self-publish the market has been saturated by everyone else trying to get on the bandwagon as well. But with Holiday Romances you never have to worry about that.

So, where do you start? What components do you need? How do you make sure you are giving the readers what they are looking for? When do publishers send out calls for anthologies? All of these points will be discussed in my upcoming class for the FF&P chapter. It starts on May 15th and is called Romancing the Holidays. You can find the link to register HERE!

So come join me to find out more about this amazing genre and how you can make money all year long and have fun writing what you want, when you want, without the worry of whether you’ve missed the market or not.

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Rebekah is an Award Winning Bestselling Author and Screenwriter. Her debut novel Dead Awakenings, hit the bestseller list on release day. Her Fairelle Series, released in 2014 and has won several awards in both writing and screenwriting, including the Golden Palm and a finalist for Rone Award as well as Best Fantasy Series of 2014 from the Paranormal Romance Guild. Her trilogy The Society was released by Kensington and her new series Shifter Rising is released in 2016. Rebekah is a prolific author releasing upwards of five books a year and is currently working on six different series.

Rebekah is the President Elect of the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter of RWA as well as a member of several local and online chapters. In her spare time when she isn’t writing, you can find her teaching on SavvyAuthors.com or at RWA. Rebekah is also known for her elaborate cosplays with her family and has been a guest speaker and panelist at San Diego Comic Con, Wondercon, Salt Lake Comic Con, Long Beach Comic Con, Comikaze and several other Comic Cons on the west coast as well as LTUE, Romantic Times Convention, RWA, InD’Scribe, Genre LA and Authors After Dark.

Cursed by the Moon Cover Reveal!

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Cursed by the Moon is the second in the New Adult novella series – Shifter Rising

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Cursed by the Moon is Releasing July 11, 2016

Blurb

If they can open up to love, they could save each other from their pasts.

Shifter Rising, Book 2

Noah was bitten by a werewolf in Afghanistan. Now back stateside he finds himself not only with new afflictions and nightmares, but a completely new creature. Noah wants nothing more than to end his pain, when the Night Shift steps in and relocates him to Malibu California to build a new life. The problem is, Noah’s beautiful new roommate Cara and her friends are what he hates most in the world. Werewolves.

Between being attacked six months prior, and her mother’s death, Cara struggles to keep herself together. But when wounded and broken Noah comes into her life she finds safety in his arms and opens herself up for the first time in years to the possibility of healing and moving on.

As Noah and Cara draw closer to finding the love that could heal both their souls, secrets from their pasts threaten to tear them apart. And when those secrets come to light it will take a bond beyond love to keep them together.

Beware: Contains a Hunky Alpha Marine with lots of baggage and a sweet hometown girl hoping to win his heart.

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Excerpt

Noah froze at the feel of her body pressed against his yet again. She looked up, smiled and his heart boomed like artillery fire at her nearness. She licked her bottom lip, moistening it. Her grip tightened on his hips, and her nails pressed into his sides, making his arousal spike.

Her arms slipped around his waist and he pressed into her. Without notice, she raised to her toes and pushed her lips to his. A million thoughts raced through his mind. She’d turned him down at the beach, but now…

She licked his lower lip and sucked it into her mouth. Every nerve in his body sparked, as if jumper cables had attached to his spine. He set the water and tea on the counter and wrapped her in his arms. He let all doubt drift away.

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Noah’s hand fisted in her curls and he drew her to him. His lips clamped down on hers and she plunged her tongue deep into his mouth as she ran her hands around his back to his butt, pulling his hips into hers.

He groaned deep in his chest and broke away to kiss down her neck to her shoulder. Her bare skin flushed with every sucking kiss placed upon it. He ran his hand down the front of her t-shirt and she moaned as his thumb rubbed over her sensitive nubs. Desire thrummed through her core, pulsing, and begging to be sated.

No. She couldn’t do this. She had to tell him the truth. It wasn’t right.

“Noah,” she choked out. “Noah. I have to tell you something.”

He lifted his head back to her lips. “I don’t care.”

“No. Noah it’s important. Something you don’t know about me. About my past.”

He kissed her hard, his mouth tasting like the butterscotch lollipop he’d consumed after dinner.

“I don’t care,” he panted and lifted off her shirt. “I don’t care what you did. I only care about who you are now.”

He kissed her again and her brain grew fuzzy with desire. His rough, calloused hand squeezed and kneaded her flesh into submission until she was barely able to keep her feet. She stripped his tank top off and ran her fingers over the curved planes of his abs. Starting at his pecks, she kissed a trail over his skin. Scars marked the beauty of his flesh but they only added to her desire. She kissed each one as she lowered herself down and swirled her tongue in the dips between his muscles. He slammed his hands on the counter behind her, making it shake.

“We better get out of the kitchen,” he growled.

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Yanti’s Choice – Free Fairelle Short Story

Hello Everyone! For those of you who have read my Fairelle series you may not know it but there is a new short story available for free on Amazon called Yanti’s Choice. It is a short story about Yanti from the Red the Were Hunter book.

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Yanti’s Choice – A Fairelle Short Story
Since she turned eighteen Yanti has been the highest sought after mate for every eligible male in Wolvenglen. But in their society it’s not the male who chooses the mate.

Yanti has always wanted Roal; the one wolf that hasn’t shown any interest in her as anything more than a friend. Disappointed Yanti refuses to give up on him. But dashing handsome Lash has her in his sights and won’t give up until he has her.

Roal knows that Yanti is more than special and deserves only the best male in Wolvenglen. But Roal feels more comfortable with his books than actually telling her of his feeling.

And when it looks like Yanti has chosen another male as her mate, Roal makes a decision that could cost both of them a happily ever after.

This is a short story in the Fairelle World. It also contains the first chapter of Red the Were Hunter and Snow The Vampire Slayer. Books One and Two of the Fairelle Series.

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Writing Love for the Holidays – Part Two – Writers Wednesday

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Hello Everyone! Thank you for joining me again for writing Holiday Romances. This is part two. If you missed part one, you can find it HERE.

So in part one we talked about using the five senses to convey the holiday season. But there is more to Holiday stories than just being around the holidays and setting the mood. You need to have themes and characters in your book that are affected by the holiday season.

Your characters need to affected by the season. They love that time of year or they hate it. They’re lonely and missing their family because they are working, or maybe they’re on their way to see their family. Or maybe they don’t want to be anywhere near their family this year and they’re headed to Hawaii! No matter what you choose, the holidays have to have something to with the character. For good or for bad.

The holidays need to bring the hero and heroine together. Maybe they meet in the airport or they are both reaching for the last bottle of wine. Maybe they’ve both gotten snowed in a ski lodge and people are being murdered. Whatever the reason, again. The holidays need to play a part in why the hero and heroine find each other.

If you decide on a theme for your book, or a message you want to share, it too needs to focus around the holidays. The stories can start around November 1st when Christmas decorations start taking over all the stores. And they usually end by Christmas or New Years. (If you are going for a winter holiday story and not a Valentines or St. Patrick’s Day or something else.) There are so many themes for holiday romances.

Themes & Plots:
1) It’s all about commercialism. It doesn’t really mean anything to people anymore.
2) Girl doesn’t want to celebrate because something bad happened before around the holidays.
3) Boy goes home for the holidays and runs into the love of his life that he left and they never stopped loving each other.
4) Boy and girl get trapped in an airport, or bus station, or hotel with only one room left or only one rental car.
5) A woman is traveling and finds the love of her life.
6) A man loves his riches more than relations until a woman shows him the error of his ways.
7) A poor woman with very little is happy with what she has and meets a man with lots of money who is unhappy.
8) The son of Santa has to find a wife.
9) A girl is going home for Hanukkah and she said she was engaged and gets someone to pose as her fiance.
10) A little boy wishes for a mom for the New Year.

All of those have been done, but they can also be made fresh and new. They all revolve around the holidays and bring it further into the stories than just the setting.

There are all kinds of fun characters we can write into holiday stories too that help set up the season. The Yenta mom who wants her son to get married to a nice Orthodox girl more than anything. The child who only wants for her Mom to find happiness. The crazy great aunt who knits sweaters for everyone. The boss who doesn’t care about holidays and thinks they are a waste. The mysterious stranger who seems to show up with help when needed. The old man with the beard who thinks he really is Santa. Yes, some of those are cliche, I get it. But you get the point. There are people who can help add to your setting and plot as well.

Lastly, when you write a Holiday Romance you need to be aware that the calls for them come out sometimes a year in advance. In February or July they can be looking for stories to come out the following year. It’s sometimes difficult to get in the holiday spirit around that time of year. Especially if you are like me and you live in Sunny Southern California. So do what I do. Find some holiday scented candles. Pine, Cinnamon, Apple Pie and light them. Turn on some holiday music. Put up some decorations, especially lights. Watch holiday movies. Drink hot cocoa or hot apple cider and eat some pie while sitting in front of your fireplace. All of these warm cozy things will engage your senses and bring you back to that place where you feel your Holiday spirit the most.

I hope this has been a bit helpful for you and that you are already brimming with ideas for your next Holiday Romance. Drop me a line when you finish and let me know!

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Monster Monday – Alien Civilizations at San Diego Comic Con!

Hello Everyone! I’m here today to talk about Aliens and Extraterrestrials! This is a fun subject and close to my heart as I LOVE Sci-Fi and I just got finished being on an Alien Species Panel at San Diego Comic Con!

I’ve Loved Sci-Fi longer than Fantasy and Paranormal believe it or not! Yup! I have an R2D2 Backpack and purse. I have a Millennium Falcon Keychain. My twitter tone is R2D2 and my ringtone is Darth Vader’s Imperial March. To top it off, my kids and I went to San Diego Comic Con, Long Beach Comic Con and Salt Lake City comic con as Jedi this year.

RGaniere 092115 photoOkay, enough about me! So one thing that I was asked on the Comic Con Alien Civilization Panel was, how do I create my aliens? Though I haven’t published a sci-fi novel yet I have written two. And there are a few components I think are essential to writing realistic aliens.

1) What is their planet like? To create aliens you have to first think of their world and the ecology of it. Is the weather a harsh desert? Or is it a water planet? Is the sun especially cruel or are there ice caps as far as the eye can see? Those things will determine what the people are like. Harsh sunlight will force people underground or will cause them to be weather worn and sun darkened. An icy planet may create people who have extra hair for staying warm. Large bodies with an extra layer of fat or possibly skinny and starving people who never have enough to eat. So think of the landscape and what the environment would mean to the species that live there.

2) Use your imagination. The last thing people want to read is white men travelling in space to find more white men. It was Star Trek that gave us the notion that when humans from Earth travelled to a new planet, every person was the same species. But if you look at Star Wars, there are hundred of species and races on one planet. You can do it either way or a bit of both, but what ever you do, please be creative. Make your people different in some ways from Earthlings. Even if they are completely humanoid. Maybe the are taller, or shorter. Maybe they are more advanced or not as advanced. Maybe their skin is a different color because of the sun’s rays. Maybe their eyes are a strange color because of the food they eat. Think of ways to make your aliens unique.

3) How are they compatible? This is a big one that you need to decide. I have my own personal opinions and the differ from others, but here it is. Humans and monkeys have a difference 2-5% DNA. That’s not much. Now think about your aliens. How much difference is there in the DNA of your aliens verses humans? In my current books there is enough difference, even though they are related, that my aliens cannot have kids with humans. Whether or not you decided your aliens can have kids with humans, you need to decide for yourself.

4) Technology and Power. Technology and power are the last things I think about when creating a race. Why? Because just like environment the power and technology that your race possesses help to shape your races as well. Don’t think so? Well think about what technology and power have done for us. Prosthetic limbs, artificial teeth, plastic surgery, etc. And what has our power done for us? Microwave foods, people sitting more and watching TV and playing on computers which leads to health problems. Processed foods, junk food, people used to easy and convenience. Is that what your aliens are like? Or are they lacking those things and what does that do to their personalities or races in general?

Creating alien races is just as fun as creating paranormal creatures but you have to be careful. Sci-fi readers are voracious and if your science doesn’t make sense or add up they’ll ding you for it. The best thing to do with sci-fi is to make it your own.

Writing Wednesday – What’s in a Genre? Steampunk

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Welcome to What’s in a Genre? If you missed my earlier posts you can find them on my blog.

Part One: Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy : Part Two: High Fantasy versus Epic Fantasy : Part Three: Dark Fantasy versus Sword and Sorcery Part Four: Magical Realism versus Sci-Fi

This week I want to talk about a genre that I love, love, love! Steampunk! But I get a lot of people asking me what Steampunk is.

Steampunk can be defined as Victorian Futurism. Don’t know what that is? Let me explain!

Steampunk is set in the Victorian Era. The time of corsets and top hats. Waistcoats and parasols. It can be set in New England or England. The wild west or in the south. No matter where it is set it had to be in the Victorian Era and it had to include futuristic elements.

Ray guns and airships, jetpacks and goggles. The Sci-Fi elements are futuristic for the time period. Vehicles are often powered by steam and made from copper, iron and brass.

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Women wear corsets and carry weapons at the same time.

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And plots usually are about a dark overlord trying to get their hands on technology to dominate the world. Technology plays a large part of the stories and the science behind them is well thought out and extensive.

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Just putting gears on things won’t work. Especially for avid Steampunk lovers. For them you need to really know what you are writing.

Some of my favorite movies are Steampunk and I even have a Steampunk Alice in Wonderland story that I have sitting on my hard drive. Steampunk is fun and fanciful and the technology is only limited by your imagination. Just make sure that you have a lot of time for research because once you start, it’s hard to stop!

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Welcome to What’s in a Genre?
If you missed my earlier posts you can find them on my blog.

Part OneParanormal Romance and Urban Fantasy : Part TwoHigh Fantasy versus Epic Fantasy : Part ThreeDark Fantasy versus Sword and Sorcery Part Four: Magical Realism versus Sci-Fi Part Five: Steampunk

Writing Wednesday – What’s in a Genre? Magical Realism versus Sci-Fi

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Welcome once again to the next week of What’s in a Genre? If you missed my earlier posts you can find them on my blog.

Part One: Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy : Part Two: High Fantasy versus Epic Fantasy : Part Three: Dark Fantasy versus Sword and Sorcery

This week I want to talk about a genre that I am still trying to get parameters on myself. A genre that is as vague to me as saying ‘all people are different’.

The genre I speak of is, Magical Realism. For all intents and purposes Magical Realism is defined as: Magical elements in the normal world that are excepted by people who come in contact with them.

Uh…Okay? Clear as Troll Dung?

Magical Realism – Basically, it’s finding the magic in today’s world. When writing it, there isn’t an over abundance of magic, like in fantasy. It neither rules the world nor is it a fundamental element or base of the story. There is simply magic in small ways that isn’t usually explained though commonly accepted.

For instance, if someone has telepathy, or can fly, or can appear when they are mentioned. That is magical realism. It is subtle and not common but no one really questions it either. It takes what is real and bends it just far enough to the extreme to make it magical, yet people can also explain it away as coincidence or “just the way things are”. They are plausible.

Magical Realism can be set in any time and any place here on Earth. Maybe it’s fairies in the glen, or a woman that lives for hundreds of years and pops up in photos. Maybe it’s someone who is always there when you need help, or knows what you need when you need it. Whatever it may be, the characters accept them as being what they are and the story is not based around that magical element.

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The last Genre I am going to discuss this month is one that I love: Sci-Fi.

Sci-Fi – Science Fiction can be like Magical Realism in the aspect that it takes what is plausible and real and stretches it. The difference is, there is a scientific reason behind it. There is science and technology that, though made up, are something that could be real under the right circumstances, or with the right research. Sci-fi can be set on Earth as well as a different planet. Science Fiction can cover, futuristic, dystopian, space travel, time travel, parallel universe, aliens and more.

My novel Dead Awakening is an Urban Fantasy, but it is also Sci-Fi. It is about a girl who enters an unsanctioned drug trial, only to wake up strapped to a hospital bed in a derelict building with no memory of who she was or how she got there. That is Sci-fi. Have you read the side effects of drug nowadays? Death is definitely one! So why not zombies?

Over the last twenty years Sci-Fi has gone from being totally in outer space to more Earth based science. One of my favorites though is still Space Opera.

A Space Opera is a sub genre of Sci-Fi. It is called Space Opera as a play on Soap Opera in space. Space Operas have strong romantic elements and tend to be a bit melodramatic. They take place completely in outer space and contain futuristic weaponry and advanced races.

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Come back and join me next week so find out more about Steampunk!

 If you missed my earlier posts you can find them on my blog.

Part OneParanormal Romance and Urban Fantasy : Part TwoHigh Fantasy versus Epic Fantasy : Part ThreeDark Fantasy versus Sword and Sorcery Part Four: Magical Realism versus Sci-Fi Part Five: Steampunk

Writing Wednesday – What’s in a Genre? Dark Fantasy versus Sword and Sorcery

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Hello again! Welcome once again to my writing series on genres.

I’ve been asked about many times. What genre is my Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-fi book supposed to be in? Where is the list of classifications? Where do we draw the line when it comes to gore, sex, cyber mechanics? Where do I fit?

If you missed my last two posts, they covered Paranormal Romance versus Urban Fantasy and High Fantasy versus Epic Fantasy.

This week I want to talk about Sword and Sorcery and Dark Fantasy.

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So what is the difference between them?

Dark Fantasy – Is a lot like General Fantasy. It’s in its own world, completely made up by the author. It can have elements of Earth, but is not set on Earth. It can have Werewolves, Vampires, Dragons, Fae, Trolls, Goblins, Elves, and Magic but it also has darker elements. Horror, being the main one. Dark Fantasy may have an overall sense of foreboding, depressive overtones, gore, violence, and a sense of dread.

A story with werewolves and vampires or orcs and goblins would be considered Dark Fantasy, as opposed to a story with a serial killer that is not a supernatural creature, which would just be horror.

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Sword and Sorcery –  Sword and Sorcery is much like other types of fantasy. All of the other world points apply. But unlike a High Fantasy that is an epic sweep about the world, Sword and Sorcery is more about one person and their struggle in the world. The hero or the heroine. Sword and Sorcery has quite a bit of swordplay and magic and even romance. And if there is a theme of good versus evil, the theme is a personal one, not one that will change the world. And though a Sword and Sorcery book can span several books with the same protagonist, the hero usually is a traveller who yearns to move beyond the fighting to a peaceful life. Which they usually receive in the end.

I personally have never read a Dark Fantasy or a Sword and Sorcery. I find that they tend to be a small portion of the fantasy genre. More and more the High Fantasy are becoming a more popular genre. I would love to read a Sword and Sorcery. Something that is just about people and not about someone saving the world.

Come back next week when I’ll discuss Magical Realism and Sci-Fi.

Did you miss the first few posts in this series? Here they are!

Welcome to What’s in a Genre? If you missed my earlier posts you can find them on my blog.

Part OneParanormal Romance and Urban Fantasy : Part TwoHigh Fantasy versus Epic Fantasy : Part ThreeDark Fantasy versus Sword and Sorcery Part Four: Magical Realism versus Sci-Fi Part Five: Steampunk

Writing Wednesday – What’s in a Genre? High Fantasy versus Epic Fantasy

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Hello again my lovelies! So I decided to make a few changes to my blog this year. You may have already seen the Monster Monday posts. Now on Wednesdays I will try to have posts related to writing.

So I decided to start out with a subject that I’ve been asked about many times. What genre is my Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-fi book supposed to be in? Where is the list of classifications? Where do we draw the line when it comes to gore, sex, cyber mechanics? Where do I fit?

If you missed my post last week, it covered Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy.

This week I want to talk about a genre that I am neck deep in right now. Fantasy Romance. My Fairelle Series is completely Fantasy Romance. But within the Fantasy genre there are so many different sub-genres. High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, Sword and Sorcery, Dark Fantasy.

So what is the difference between them? Well, Today I will talk about General Fantasy, High Fantasy and Epic Fantasy.

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General Fantasy – The main difference between Fantasy and Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance is that Fantasy is in its own world, not here. The world of a Fantasy book is completely made up by the author. It can have elements of Earth, like in my Fairelle Series, which is a series of fairytales loosely set in a middle ages world called Fairelle. Fantasy can have Werewolves, Vampires, Dragons, Fae, Trolls, Goblins, Elves, you name it! Magic is a big part of a fantasy world as well. Fantasy Romance would be like Paranormal Romance as far as rules for the romance applying, only set in a Fantasy world.

High Fantasy –  High fantasy is fantasy fiction set in an alternate world created by the author rather than Earth. In High Fantasy the POV is usually told by the hero. The hero usually has a mentor that helps them fulfill their potential. There is a dark force that is destroying the world and the hero has to try to save everyone. High Fantasy usually has to do with Good verses Evil. It is told on a grand scheme involving more than just a few main characters.

In High Fantasy the rules and laws of the world are usually unique and unlike the rules and laws of Earth. All kinds of races and classes can be seen in fantasy, but the hero is usually of Good nature, while the villain is of Evil nature.

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Epic Fantasy – So if there is High Fantasy, and there is Low Fantasy, what is Epic Fantasy? Epic Fantasy has most of the characteristics of High Fantasy with the exception that Epic Fantasy does not have to be Good versus Evil. It also has to be more than one book in length. To qualify as an Epic Fantasy there needs to be at least a trilogy to resolve the problems in the books. In both Epic and High Fantasy the hero usually starts as a child or teen, sometimes the chosen one, and you can follow them for years on their journey to fulfill their destiny.

Lineage can play a large part of the Hero on his journey. His parentage, of date of birth or magical abilities.

 

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Currently, I have my Fantasy Romance Series Fairelle. It is set in the world of Farielle with its own rules and laws and creatures. One of the most important things to do when you write fantasy is research. Research creatures and time periods and governments. Gods and churches and habitats. Map out your world, plot your world, create your world from the ground up.

 

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Stay tuned for next week when I’ll discuss Dark Fantasy, Low Fantasy and Sword and Sorcery.

Here are the links for all five parts of this series!

Welcome to What’s in a Genre? If you missed my earlier posts you can find them on my blog.

Part OneParanormal Romance and Urban Fantasy : Part TwoHigh Fantasy versus Epic Fantasy : Part ThreeDark Fantasy versus Sword and Sorcery Part Four: Magical Realism versus Sci-Fi Part Five: Steampunk