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Women's Fiction Day

For most of my adult life, I've been reading, enjoying, and writing women's fiction. But would you believe I didn't even know there was a genre called "women's fiction" until after I published The Summer Breeze? I just always lumped books into two categories: fiction and non-fiction. I know, gasp!

A few months ago, I stumbled across a website for the Women Fiction Writer's Association (WFWA), and let me tell you, it has opened my eyes! If you're not sure just exactly what women's fiction is or whether it's for you, check out some of these descriptions from WFWA's website:

  • The plot is driven by the main character's emotional journey

  • Layered stories about one or several characters

  • Story tackles adult character's struggle with...issues resulting in emotional growth

  • Story can include elements of...romance but cannot be driven by romance

  • Writing is high quality and accessible

So, now that I know what women's fiction is, I can confidently tell you that I am a women's fiction writer! And to celebrate Women's Fiction Day on June 8th, I'm doing another great giveaway! If you sign up for my newsletter by June 8th, you'll be automatically entered to win a signed copy of The Summer Breeze and a beautiful tote bag. This tote is especially meaningful to me because the words printed on it perfectly describe so many women I know and the main character of my book, Callie.


Caring. Loved. Powerful. Beautiful. Strong. Inspiring. Compassionate. Kind. Hard Working. Supportive. Creative. Resilient. Brave. Smart.


And SO MUCH MORE. Happy Women's Fiction Day!

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I loved your thoughts on Women's Fiction. And after reading your novel, I agree, you are a women's fiction writer. :-) It's funny, because I thought I was a romance writer. But someone was critiquing my work in progress, and said they thought I was a Women's Fiction writer because although romance is a strong element to my stories, I also dive into deeper topics. But then I saw this bullet of yours, "Story can include elements of...romance but cannot be driven by romance." I do feel like romance is a central element to my stories, but I'm not like the contemporary romance writers where it's ALL about the romance. Anyway, I super loved your perspective. :-) - Leah from…

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