Genre Discussion:
S.F. Powell's
Fiction Style

The Genre Defined (Sort of)

Best Fiction Books

"Genre" describes the type of fiction written. Definitions vary, but commercial or mainstream fiction, as the name implies, is geared toward broad appeal; the idea being to get the book out there (sold) for readers to enjoy, as opposed to other types of writing where salability is not the key focus (the work exists primarily as an author’s form of expression). Additionally, commercial fiction cannot be readily or easily classified or categorized into one of the established “bookstore shelf” genres (e.g. Sci-Fi, Romance, Chick-Lit, Horror, Fantasy, etc.)

It’s a suspense tale. No, it’s a love story. Stop! You’re both right. My novels are geared to touch on elements of various genres.

Like Sweet Buttermilk (LSB) has some murder suspense, but is also a love story revisited, with bits of erotica.

Obscure Boundaries (OB) has elements of a ghost story and a love story, but focuses on the dynamics of step-parenting and the hope of triumph over grief.

My next tale, Broken Benevolence, is more of an UNlove story.

The central character holding all of these stories together thus far is psychiatrist, Dr. Naomi Alexander. She treats patients experiencing varying degrees of psychological trauma, but it’s clear that she has some varying degrees of trauma herself.

The Naomi Alexander novels explore perspectives from both sides of the yellow session couch.

Telling the Tale: Storytelling

Since the beginnings of human language and communication, telling stories has been a way to entertain, to relay history, to educate, to … well, you get the idea. I’d like to think that I tell stories that embody three E’s: Escape. Entertain. Enlighten.

Escape. Leave that day-to-day thing behind and escape into the world(s) I create with stories about relationships between and among people. Lose yourself reading about the varied problems faced by my characters. Let them entertain you.

Entertainment. First and foremost, I want you to be entertained. Stories about (but not limited to) passion, distrust, death, love, anger, hope, courage, hatred, desire, revenge, and perseverance (yep, all of that) are designed to keep you, Dear Reader, turning the page. And while you’re being entertained, who knows, you may also be enlightened.

Enlighten. While the characters of my novels aren’t real, I try to create dilemmas at the crux of these stories that are relatively realistic. Divorce, step-parenting trials of blending a family, financial woes, health issues, spiritual crossroads, you name it; S.F. Powell books explore it in some form or fashion. There may be story elements in the novels that you ponder on a more personal level. Perspectives “from both sides of the couch,” remember?

So okay, S.F. Powell novels have allowed you to escape from your world of real problems to be entertained (and enlightened) by the characters’ angst and victories. Perhaps, as you delved into Dr. Alexander’s life as a psychiatrist, you learned something too, creating a fourth E: education.

Guess what? Started this with three E’s, now I think I have five: elation. Elation, or rather, humor (which is an “H,” but you get what I’m going for here, right?) has its role in my stories, too. Life in general, has its funny moments. Life, as depicted in my works, is no different. So, while you’ve escaped to be entertained, enlightened, and possibly educated, there’s possibility to be elated through humor. Naomi’s a mess, and her patients are too, but together they get the messes cleaned up (well, at least a little).

So explore the site and see what it’s all about. Start here with the first work from S.F. Powell Books: Like Sweet Buttermilk.

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