Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Turning over a New Genre

For the past three years almost all of my writing has been in the young adult fantasy genre. It has been stretching for me, and I've felt my writing grow and improve as I have been writing outside of my comfort zone. Prior to Seeking Solace I had written mostly poetry and a few personal reflection pieces. The step into fantasy was a bit of a doozy, but I have found myself growing more comfortable with the imagination required of genre. I am not walking away from fantasy, and I am still working diligently on installment 2 of the Older Series, but I have a new project flitting around in my mind.

I am beginning to outline a historical work that would focus on my favorite family vacation spot from my growing up years. I do not want to give too much detail just yet as this is in the early phase of brainstorming, but I am so excited about it that I wanted to share that something new was brewing. I am undecided as to whether the book would be purely historical, more memory/memoir oriented, theological reflections on the importance of place, or maybe some strange admixture of all of these things. What I do know is that for the first time I will need to do some intensive research for the sake of historical accuracy. I will be digging through boxes of old pictures, property deeds, receipts, and interviewing people who will share (I hope!) the memories that will make this place come to life.

We'll see what develops. :)

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