"Patricia who?" say you.
"Patricia SCHOOLS YOU," say I.
Well. Maybe not you - you seem pretty on top of things - but listen up: aspiring writers, you need to follow this lady. She is without a doubt one of the most organized, friendly, relentlessly productive and enthusiastic e-people I know. If I'm the neighbor with grass growing only out of the broken toilet in my front yard, she's the one showing up to your front door with a pan of brownies and an invitation to join the local roller derby. And it's my privilege to heft myself out of my beer-stained lawn chair to help her celebrate the re-birthday of her second novel, Snapshots. Take it away, P-Lynne!
I had a problem when it came time to publish Snapshots. What genre did I put it in? Unlike Being Human, the story didn’t fit easily into one genre. It has little bits of genres here and there. Finally, I had a friend suggest Speculative Fiction.
Of course, my response at first was: Huh? What's that?
Given my lack of knowledge I turned to Google for the answer.
Speculative fiction addresses fiction that includes Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, and Fantastic Fiction. It also may include other genres, such as Mysteries, Alternate Histories, and Historical Fiction. Speculative fiction can be a collective term to describe works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror and also addresses works that are not science fiction, fantasy, or horror, yet don't rightly belong to the other genres. - source.
A little bit down the page, it said this: When you've come across a story or movie or game that both is and isn't science fiction, fantasy, and/or horror, then you've discovered speculative fiction.
That describes Snapshots pretty well. It is Sci-fi, but at the same time not. The sci-fi elements only come into play near the end and they don't directly drive the story. There are other elements that make it fit into Speculative Fiction. Cyc has a power and is stronger and faster than the average human. But he's not paranormal or supernatural.
I will admit that I was uncertain about using the term. After all, I had to Google it. But just because I hadn't heard the term often doesn't mean other readers haven't either. One thing is certain, when talking about Snapshots the thing I say the most is, "It's NOT paranormal."
My name is Cyclop Blaine and I am a real person.
“You are mine.”
I am a real person: heedless of a childhood spent under the supervision of an old man I only know as Master.
“You belong to me.”
I am a real person: regardless of my teenage years bound by violence as the adoptive son of the Victory Street Gang's leader.
“You will obey me.”
I am a real person: despite the visions I see in others' eyes. Snapshots of their futures.
“You will cower before me.”
I am a real person: my life will be my own. I belong to no one.
“You. Are. MINE.”
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Patricia Lynne never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was more of an art and band geek. Some stories are meant to be told and now she can't stop writing. Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.