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Cobalt Blue: A Novel

A novel for courageous readers and seekers, COBALT BLUE is a turbulent, gorgeous ride into sacred sex..

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Author in Search of Her Genre

Books that fit into a genre usually attract more readers.  Mystery? Romance? Paranormal romance? Paranormal teen romance?

Or steampunk, perhaps.  Genres have lots of subgenres.  From Urban Dictionary:  "Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting…."  Which is cutting it pretty fine, in my view.

With so many subcategories, you'd think most any writer could find her or his proper bookshelf.

But I have yet to find mine.  Or at least one that is recognized.

My three novels — Cobalt Blue, Sister India, and Revelation — could be categorized as:

*Spooky sexy novels about religion

*Stories of the plausibly supernatural

*Metaphysical mysteries

*Poking around in the sacred and profane



Cobalt Blue is by far the toughest volume to shelve.  Still, it could fit a number of places:

*Literary visionary erotica

*Fiction on addiction

*Gritty tales of alchemical sex

*Midlife breakdowns of disturbing origin

*Sagas of difficult and uninvited religious experiences

*Shockingly-dark-and-yet-gloriously-transformative crises in the lives of women


Reviews will sometimes praisefully call a book or movie "genre-busting."  But show  me the shelf in a store that contains such books. 

We just need more genres, that's all.  Enough genres for everyone.  So that I and my three peculiar "children" will cosily fit in.


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  • BoBraxton
    May 20, 2013 at 7:00 am Reply

    and then there are generalists who devour whatever we can get our hands on to read. I have found reading to be no-calorie which is very beneficial to my physical being. I love all three of your "children" each for its own reasons. What most amazes me as a reader is the interplay between private thought and in-the-world speech, most strongly (for me) in Sister India. Having read and practiced Ira Progoff "At A Journal Workshop" (since 1976) the night-dream like character of the writing suits me strongly. I really like the strength of female lead character. Even in Revelation, I was intrigued by the spouse. Her way of being attracts and fascinates me at a deep place. She allows me to have sympathy for the walls-come-a-tumbling-down mid-life experience of the sophisticated congregation's preacher's mid-life.

    • May 20, 2013 at 8:06 am Reply

      Wow, what a wonderful review, Bob. I very much appreciate it. And, as it happens, I once participated in an Ira Progoff workshop, which was a helpful experience. I remember some of my trance “dreams” there vividly. Couldn’t keep myself going on the journals for long though,

  • May 20, 2013 at 12:20 pm Reply

    I don't care what they are, I just like 'em!  <3

    • May 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm Reply

      Thanks, Beth. I’m like you and Bob (up above) I just plow into books without much thought about category.

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