On my monthly trips to the bookstore, I do a little surveillance because I am always looking for something new. Having read many books in different genres, I find myself drawn to women’s fiction and mysteries (we will talk about them next time). Each one of these genres provides different emotions and excitement for me as well as helps me since I am currently pursuing writing in both of these genres. However, today I am sharing four things I look for when picking a women’s fiction book for purchase.
Real life issues and problems
Women’s fictions books provide an array of issues and problems seen in real life making it easier to relate to the protagonist or antagonist. The issues and problems range from illness, broken hearts, striving for a better life or having to face the past to have a future. Ex. Second House on the Corner by Sadeqa Johnson or The Good Neighbor by Amy Sue Nathan.
Most books in this genre have a career-minded main character or a character that becomes courageous by the end of the book (these are the best). Her determination and workaholic mentality causes some type of problem in her life that she has to overcome. Ex. Remember Me by Cheryl Robinson or Blackberry Summer by Rae Anne Thayne.
Takes you on a journey
A journey is what you are on when reading women fiction. There is an introduction to the character you’ll follow and become attached to throughout the story. You will root for this woman, be angry at her decisions, but will applaud her accomplishments. The emotional attachment as you take the journey with the main character let’s you know your reading a well-written book. Ex. Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf.
Other genres can be intertwined
Women’s fiction is flexible so often times other genres want to partner with it. You find a little romance or mystery incorporate with this genre, which enhances the reader’s experience. The main character might have a love interest causing you to try and find out if they will be together, since the man character tries to play hard to get. On the other hand, the main character may have to go back home because a family member has been killed. The character may assist in solving the case. The intertwining of genres or subplots doesn’t become the focus of the book it just enhances the storyline. The focus still remains o the main character.
Women’s fiction is a wonderful genre to read and to write in with strong women as the main character, endless storylines and subgenres that bring a little extra. On your next trip to the bookstore think about the four things I mentioned here to look for when purchasing women’s fiction titles. Let me know how it works for you. Drop a comment to let me know which title you chose.
Until next time,
This is Teresa at Fuzzy Findz.