Monday, 2 December 2019

Exploring Genre | 2019 Roundup and Master List

We've come to the end of another year of genre crossposts between Australasian Christian Writers and Christian Writers Downunder, so it's time for one final summary post.

Jeanette O'Hagan kicked off 2019 with an excellent roundup of all our previous posts.

We then moved into some exploring more genres in fiction, from well-known Westerns to newer genres like slipstream.

Jessica Kate discussed romantic comedy—the history, some writing tips, and recommendations of her favourite Christian rom-com authors.

Amanda Deed and Jeanette O'Hagan discussed fairytale retellings, which can fall into the romance genre (because every good fairytale ends with a wedding) but also have elements of fantasy.

Christine Dillon discussed women's fiction—issues-based fiction that's not just for women (and which may or may not have a romantic thread).

Roger Norris-Green discussed his prolific career writing Westerns, where the hero is a good man (or a man who is changing for the better), who treats women properly, and who always gets the girl.

Jeanette O'Hagan explored the history of dystopian fiction, and current trends in the genre in the Christian and general markets (and it's interesting how even general market dystopian often has a religious underpinning).

David Rawlings introduced us to slipstream, an elusive mix of fantasy and literary fiction, set mostly in world we know, but introducing speculative elements.

We then moved into nonfiction.

Anusha Atukorala shared an excellent post on writing devotionals, with plenty of links to some great resources.

Cecily Patterson discussed why she loves reading memoir, types of memoirs, and three tips for those writing memoir.

David Malcolm Bennett discussed writing biography, a genre that appeals to him because of his love of history.

We're currently discussing what we'll cover in 2020.

Quick Links

Meanwhile, here are quick links to all our genre posts:

Why Genre Matters by Iola Goulton 
Genre and Marketing by Iola Goulton 

Collaborative Writing by Jeanette O'Hagan 


Short fiction: flash fiction to novellas by Jeanette O'Hagan 

Biblical Fiction by Susan Preston 

Dystopian by Jeanette O'Hagan 

Fantasy: Secondary World and Portal Fantasy by Jeanette O'Hagan
Fantasy: Steampunk and Gaslight by Alison Stegert 

Mystery and Suspense: Introduction by Virginia Smith 
Mystery: Crime Mystery 

Romance by Iola Goulton 
Romance: Novellas and novelettes by Narelle Atkins 
Romance: Regency and Historical romance by Carolyn Miller 
Romance: Rural and Medical Romance by Nicki Edwards 
Romance: Romantic Comedy by Jessica Kate 

Romance: Fairytale retellings by Amanda Deed and Jeanette O'Hagan 

Speculative Fiction by Iola Goulton
Science Fiction: Space Opera by Adam David Collings
Supernatural Fiction by Ian Acheson 

Suspense: Writing Tips by Sandra Orchard

Westerns by Roger Norris-Green 

Women's fiction by Christine Dillon 


Creative Nonfiction by Nola Passmore 
Biography by David Bennett 
Memoir by Cecily Patterson

Poetry: Introduction by Valerie Volk 
Poetry: Free verse and Verse novels by Jeanette O'Hagan 

Devotionals by Anusha Atukorala 

Books by Age Range

Picture Books and Chapter Books by Penny Reeve 
Young Adult Fiction by Cecily Patterson 
New Adult Fiction by Jeanette O'Hagan


  1. A great round-up, Iola - and a great resource on genre. Thank you. And thank you to all the wonderful authors who have contributed to our Exploring Genre cross-posts over the last 3 years :)

    1. Thanks, Jeanette. Yes, and a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to this series.