This is the subject we’ll be discussing at this Friday’s Writing Matters panel.
A stellar lineup of authors will be taking part, including one of my favorites, Elizabeth Brundage, three authors from my hometown whose work I’ve enjoyed greatly, Christina Baker Kline, Laurie Lico Albanese, and Alice Elliott Dark, as well as the debut novelist whose Moment appears below, Peter Golden.
We’ll be trying to figure out whether those categories you read in–be they mystery, suspense, speculative fiction, fantasy, women’s–or the catchall, general fiction, or literary–are artifacts of marketing–the need to place a book on a shelf–or true elements of craft.
It’s a meaty subject, and I for one am fascinated to hear what our authors–and audience members, for Writing Matters panels are always characterized by a lot of audience participation–have to say about it. I hope if you live close by, you’ll come out.