My stories tend to have strong heroines, and voices that shine just a tad more than my heroes. That's pretty much what Women's Fiction is, after all. As for the paranormal elements in my Paranormal Romance, well, mine tend to be on the organic side of reality... Natural gifts that involve differences in brain frequencies, special skills that come down to energy vibrations. If a character can run faster than the speed of sound, or can start fires with her steely focus, it all has to do with a difference that stems from within their bodies, rather than having possession of objects or things that spark a skill into play. So while I fall into these two genres, I'd like to think I bring a different twist.
I want to bring attention to the fact that not every paranormal has to follow the same track. Both Women's Fiction and Paranormal Romance are big categories, with lots of room for diverse angles and unique author quirks… like loving the 1940's.
Don't get me wrong, though. My admiration for this time period goes deeper than glamorous red bullet-lipstick tubes, fashionable pumps and pompadours, the awesomeness of victory gardens and war bonds. I like the culture, the togetherness, the beauty that surfaced as a result of an entire generation experiencing loss, hope and rebirth. Why not throw a heroine's emotional journey, and some supernatural antics into the pot?
Do you feel as though there is room for you in the genres that already exist, or do you belong to one that hasn't been thought of? Do you have a different angle or an entirely new type of romance? Do you know which category you belong within?