The room was packed at the OWFI conference (see my previous post) when Jodi spoke on women’s fiction. Since that’s my chosen genre, I paid particular attention. She shared some interesting facts about and distinctions of women’s fiction.
- Women’s fiction, which is often called mainstream fiction, is one of the fastest growing genres—a $28 billion per year market.
- The appeal of women’s fiction is based on the premise that women bond strong and hard.
- It makes the reader laugh and cry, often on the same page, and tugs at the heartstrings.
- It explores depth in relationships that can’t be shown in romance
- The woman is the star of the story—The way she changes IS the story.
- Not always contemporary. Can often be in a slightly different time period.
Some writing tips for women’s fiction:
- Research: Always try to walk the land where the story is set. Interview locals. Visit shops where interesting gossip and social issues may give your story a new twist.
- Read and ANALYZE many types of women’s fiction to find your niche.
- Think of yourself as an explorer. Step out and learn new things. Develop a hunger for “the story.”
Jodi’s recent releases in this genre are Twisted Creek and Rewriting Monday. They’re worth checking out.
One of the opportunities at the OWFI conference is the “Take a speaker to lunch” feature. A couple of my fellow Tulsa Night Writers and I invited Jodi and the Amarillo attendees to meet us. At a table for nine, we had the opportunity to learn more about Jodi Thomas. What a treat! She’s very gracious and willing to share her experiences and expertise. Thanks, Jodi, for a delightful lunch. Also waving to my Amarillo buddies—Phyllis Miranda and Natalie Bright. Seeing them all and hearing them talk my language makes me homesick for Texas.
Next up, I’ll be sharing about a session presented by another Texan with very close ties to Jodi Thomas. Hope you’ll stop back by and join me.
Out of curiosity—are any of you readers of women’s fiction? What authors do you like? Can’t wait to hear your answers.