Today I learned I'm a Dark Fantasy Author
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When I started writing I always thought my stories were different(not in a good way) because they didn't necessarily fit into a broad genre like Romance or Science Fiction.
Instead, I found that my stories have been a mix of several elements. Some had love stories, others had science fiction in it, or even horror aspects. Recently, I've discovered that my novels do fit into a category after all: Dark Fantasy.
They incorporate horror, supernatural, and sword & sorcery. My main, and side characters are not completely 'good' while my interesting villains are more antagonistic then sheer evil. Some things I write have dark themes such as death, PTSD, emotional abuse, and I like to write monstrous fights.
I'll be honest, I've toned down quite a bit of my writing because I feared those parts didn't fit where I had them categorized on Amazon.And lately, with the completion of my Chronicles in Zaloria novels I've wondered where to put the third novel as it didn't quite fit in romance or in the superhero section. In fact, it's rather depressing in some parts.
It's also dark and brooding. There is always hope in my stories despite that darkness. I love that characters can struggle against the most terrifying beings but always grasp onto a shred of hope no matter the odds. So that will always be present in some form or another. But I also like writing bits of horror and not shying away from killing off characters.
So finding this out has freed me. It feels good to finally belong. And I can't wait for readers to find out how much it releases my self-doubt as I continue sharing my stories. I hope to see you too. Come, join me on an epic adventure and read along!
- Wendy May