Oh, what to label a book. Hey, the choice can be difficult. It shouldn’t be, but it is. I’ve debated where to place Cleaning House for a while, and yesterday, it rather came to a head. We’ve got the choose those labels I hate, and I agonized all day as to where the place the novel. Fantasy for certain. Contemporary Fantasy? Yep, it goes there. We’re even going to place it under the category of Paranormal Fantasy, because – witches, haints and spirits and black masses and…
I was once told by a favored author mentor, now deceased, (he wrote for the Star Trek NG series among other things) that if a book has LGBT characters, even the lead, it doesn’t make it necessarily LGBT. It’s the sexual content that lends itself to that. category. I’m a FTB writer, and this book certainly falls that direction. Accepting this idea was the hinge-point with our discussion last night. Cleaning House will be labeled Contemporary Fantasy and Paranormal Fantasy, but it will also be marketed to the LGBT community. Boom. Problem solved. It’s a generally marketing strategy, that’s all, a means of expanding who’ll see the novel.
It’s Wednesday again, which means it’s time for #WIPpet Wednesday** and #QueerBlogWed*! While WIPpet Wednesday, hosted by the gracious Emily Wrayburn, features a diverse mix of authors, #QueerBlogWed is geared for, well, queer blogs, which this site certainly is.
This week I’m sharing another sample of Cleaning House, an Appalachian Contemporary Fantasy, and the first installment in my Appalachian Elementals series.
Here’s my WIPpet math: 4/25/2018 8-1 = seven paragraphs from Cleaning House
The Setup: Pyre, a fire elemental, has asked Cent to dance, but, Rayne has warned her that. “Pyre likes to heat your nethers when they dance.”
Nethers? Cent was curious, warnings or not. “All right. Sure.” Cent kicked off her shoes, rolled her pants, and slid her hand into Pyre’s when they offered it. Their palm was hot but not to the extent she wanted to pull away. “So, how do fire elementals dance?”
“Like you Humans but far hotter.” Pyre flashed her a white-hot grin as they moved closer to the bonfire. The only other dancing pair, a scantily-leaved dryad and a water elemental whose preferred form was overtly masculine, moved aside as soon as they touched the white sand, and the music became more upbeat. “Here we go!” Pyre laughed as they twisted around Cent’s ankles, turning her as they snaked around her body, shooting up so their face hovered before hers when they stopped spinning. “I must say, your form this life is very enticing.”
“You’re a flirt.” Cent blew out to make Pyre’s white-flame smile move back a little. “I should’ve known.”
“My kind enjoys mischief-making.” They wrapped entirely around Cent, creating a cyclone of warmth that turned her, lifting her from the ground to dip her. “And flirting. We’re dancing, after all.” Their fingers twirled into smoke that wrapped her waist. “I appreciate Human women of your size. Capable. Sturdy.”
“That’s not a compliment.”
“Then how about strong and determined?”
“You’re getting warmer.” Cent cringed when she realized the double-entendre where Pyre was concerned.
Want to read more #WIPpet Wednesday posts from Cleaning House? You can do so by clicking HERE.
*#QueerBlogWed is still to share posts with LGBTQIA+ content & RT others. New rules: Wed only + promo widely to engage readers! Writing is a business & also art so promo your work with flair & find new readers!
** WIPpet Wednesday is a blog hop hosted by Emily Wrayburn wherein writers share excerpts of their latest WIP. All genres and levels of accomplishment are welcome. The only stipulation is that the excerpt must coincide with the date in some manner. For example, on 10/8/14 you might share 10 lines from page 8, 8 paragraphs from chapter 14, or perhaps 18 sentences by doing WIPpet math and adding the day to the month. We’re flexible like that.