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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Fantasy with Crime and Romance, isn't that a bit much? ~ guest post by Katharina Gerlach

Today I'm pleased to have fantasy author Katharina Gerlach sharing a guest post about her new release, Swordplay. Check out her book and also her awesome giveaway at the end of this post. 

Fantasy with Crime and Romance, isn't that a bit much?
Short answer: Yes. No.

Long answer: balancing the elements of a story has always been the hardest thing for writers. Any novel you pick up holds more than one story line. It has to or it would be practically impossible to fill 200-500 pages ore more with words. The art lies in balancing it all.

Of course, there are scenes that will not make good, traditional romance scenes. Imagine the heroine and her boyfriend fleeing from a super-fast horde of zombies… that's probably not the best time for a traditional marriage proposal, knee fall and everything (I call it: external romance). But it could be a great place to make the heroine realize just how much that guy means to her when he's nearly lost to the horde (I call it: internal romance).

The same goes for Magic. A story that's just about the use of magic and the way it's taught would be dead boring. Imagine Harry Potter without his nemesis Voldemort. It'd be nothing but a boy going to school and learning a few interesting things. The whole conflict would be missing, and he'd probably be going home to his parents during the holidays instead of living with the relatives whose name I keep forgetting.

Can magic, family life and/or romance be balanced into a crime novel? I think so. What would the Wallander series be without Wallander's relationship to his daughter and his advancing Alzheimer disease? What would Sherlock Holmes be without his friend Watson and the hints at his inability to sustain relationships (except the one to Watson).

Novels of any one genre are full of elements from other genres that balance out into something the reader will either like or dislike. Those readers that like a story will return for more, the others won't. There's no way, an author can write stories that will please everybody. So, stop trying and trust your gut, your Muse or however else you call that unpredictable, creative part of your brain.

About the Book:
CSI with magic but without the gore

Despite her obvious lack of magical talent, nineteen year old Moira Bellamie apprentices with the Gendarmerie Magique, the magic police. She puts all her effort into solving a burglary at the National Museum where antique weapons have been stolen, to keep the hard won job. Falling for her partner Druidus wasn't part of the plan. When more and more people are murdered with one of the stolen weapons, Moira must tame uncontrollable magic, or the people she cares for will die, her partner first and foremost.

For lovers of Fantasy and Mystery from 14 years up

eBook on Amazon:     German, Englisch
and Smashwords:       German, Englisch
other retailers will follow
Paperback in German or Englisch on Createspace (Beware: postage), Amazon (no postage) will follow soon and can be found through the eBook pages

About Katharina:
I’ve been telling and writing stories all my life, but only two year ago, with the success of eBook publishing, I became an Indie author. I never looked back. Sure, my manuscripts have found praise with traditional publishers, but no one had the courage to publish something they couldn’t neatly stuff into a labeled box.

Well, just like my books, I don’t fit one box. I’m the daughter of a forester and a studied forester myself. I’m sister to three brothers, and a mother to three daughters. I’m a tomboy at heart and simultaneously tidy and chaotic – I can’t be any different with my Muse (the creative part of me) dragging me in one direction and my Editor (the neat, logical side) pulling in another.

There are three things in this world I love more than anything: my family, stories (mine and those of others) and nature. The best thing that can happen to me is when someone I don’t know leaves a review for one of my books telling me how much (s)he liked it.

Blog Tour Giveaway:
Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. Read her ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS for adventurous, epic fantasy romance. For a FREE ebook sample of her writing, read her historic fantasy short story, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.


Katharina Gerlach said...

Thank you for hosting me.