What Category Is It Anyway?
Categories and genre labels and tags, those are all good things for books, right? Right! They help us navigate the millions of books out there, refine our searches, get relevant suggestions, and hopefully find the next book to love. Simple enough, really.
You start with a category (cause that’s the biggest thing). You decide if your book is middle grade, young adult, new adult, or adult. Then move to genre. So you might get a YA gay romance. Or a new adult paranormal thriller. Or an adult science fiction book.
Well, at least that’s how normal, sane, smart people do it! Me? Well, I got stuck at the category level with Dawn to Dusk. So this would be how the conversation with myself went in my head.
Me: Hey, wouldn’t it be nice if I wrote a book that spans over about two decades?
Still smart part of brain: Wouldn’t that be like… very long? You wanna make it a series?
Me: No, you don’t get it!
SSPoB: Clearly… “sighs” I feel you’re going to educate me.
Me: No, really, this is gonna be fun!
Me: It’s a story about a first love. Told from the POV of one character. The whole story revolves around the times when he meets his first love.
SSPoB: I still don’t see how this won’t get to be very long.
Me: Because there are long stretches of time when they don’t see each other. Sometimes years in between meets.
SSPoB: Don’t they have Facebook? Or freaking phones?
Me: No, see, this starts before Facebook. Even before mobile phones. And they meet at their grandparents’, in this small village in rural Romania.
SSPoB: Kay, cool. So, is it like a young adult book? Or are you really going to write middle grade?
Me: What? No!
SSPoB: Did you hurt your head and forgot WHEN you spent your summers at your grandparents?
Me: No! Don’t be all sarcastic with me! I mean… it goes on after that. They meet later in high school, and in college, and they even try to make it work as adults.
SSPoB: So you want to write a story in ALL THE CATEGORIES! And you think that’s an incredible idea, right?
Me: *proud grin* Yup! I think’s it’s innovative, and smart, and fun, and…
SSPoB: Confusing? Hard to market? Takes too long to explain it?
Me: Don’t be so negative! I mean, it’s not the first time I’ve tried something different. Like an open ending story. Or a story with blog posts and email inserted between chapters?
SSPoB: Yeah, and those weren’t confusing at all…
Me: Yeah, but people liked them! Well, some people.
SSPoB: *shrugs in an ‘I give up’ kind of way* I can’t wait to see the reviews on this one. Gonna have so much fun…
And this, my friends, is how Dawn to Dusk came to be. What category is it in? Well, you decide. In theory, the category is given by the age of the characters. They are 11 and 15 in the beginning and 29 and 33 when the book reaches its end. I just went with gay contemporary romance and hoped for the best :D But I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Feel free to comment here, tweet me, message me, or even email me. I’d ask for letter-carrying ravens from A Song of Ice and Fire, so that the nerdy geek in me can giggle, but hey, it’s not mandatory!
Dawn to Dusk
Series: Lover’s Journey, Book One
Published: 9th July 2016
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary
Length: Novel (over 50000 words)
That first encounter with Robert in rural Romania at eleven. A summer spent together in the same setting a year later. Their first text exchange in high school. The first sexual experience. The first heartbreak—the second and third and fourth chance. The point of total breakdown and the despair of failing. More love than anyone could have warned him about.
No matter how much time passes, no matter how different their paths, every meeting brings Edi and Robert closer together. Those stolen moments shine brighter than any. Yet loving Robert is not easy, not when Edi wants to be true to himself and is met with dishonesty. Or when Robert keeps parading new conquests and ignores Edi more often than not.
Edi has always loved Robert, but he must decide if his journey leads to or away from his childhood friend. Is it true love or is Edi just unable to let go?
Meet Alina Popescu
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.
Prizes: 1 x $10 WIP Gift Card, 1 x $5 WIP Gift Card, 1 x ecopy of Br0th3rly (Famous on the Inernet, Book One).