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Friday, May 18, 2012

Guest Blog: Paty Jager: Oops! Did I Genre Blend?


Contest!  I’m giving away a $5 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky commenter on today’s post.

I didn’t start out planning to blend genres. I started with an idea of Native American spirits, siblings, who watched over the Nez Perce band that I’d grown up hearing about never really learned much about. The more I studied the Wallowa Nez Perce or Lake Nimiipuu as they called themselves, I became intrigued by their myths, legends, and culture.  

Using their legends I came up with a white wolf who appeared to the heroine in a vision quest, a bull elk who was the antlered monster in the lake, and a bald eagle.  I knew from the beginning the spirit for the first book would only be allowed to remain on his mountain, he couldn’t travel any farther, making conflict when the heroine was taken from the mountain by the enemy. And the bull elk was allowed more range to roam so he could travel to the winter camp as well as the summer camp. And then the bald eagle spirit had to be able to soar above the campaigns and battles as the Nimiipuu were pursued by the Army. 
In my current release, Spirit of the Sky, Sa-qan, Bald Eagle, is caught between duty to save the Nimiipuu and her belief a cavalry officer can help her people but to gain his help she has to show herself to him which goes against the Creator’s wishes.

Blurb for Spirit of the Sky
To save her from oppression, he must save her whole tribe. To give her his heart, he must desert his career…

When the US Army forces the Nimiipuu from their land, Sa-qan, the eagle spirit entrusted with watching over her tribe, steps in to save her mortal niece. Challenging the restrictions of the spirit world, Sa-qan assumes human form and finds an unexpected ally in a handsome cavalry officer.
Certain she is a captive, Lt. Wade Watts, a Civil War veteran, tries to help the blonde woman he finds sheltering a Nez Perce child. While her intelligent eyes reveal she understands his language, she refuses his help. But when Wade is wounded, it is the beautiful Sa-qan who tends him. Wade wishes to stop the killing—Sa-qan will do anything to save her people.
Can their differences save her tribe? Or will their love spell the end of the Nimiipuu?

BIO:
Wife, mother, grandmother, and the one who cleans pens and delivers the hay; award winning author Paty Jager and her husband currently ranch 350 acres when not dashing around visiting their children and grandchildren. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

She is a member of RWA, EPIC , and COWG. She’s had eleven books and a short story published so far and is venturing into the new world of self-publishing ebooks.  

Her contemporary Western, Perfectly Good Nanny won the 2008 Eppie for Best Contemporary Romance and Spirit of the Mountain, a historical paranormal set among the Nez Perce, garnered 1st place in the paranormal category of the Lories Best Published Book Contest. Spirit of the Lake was a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.

You can learn more about her at her blog; www.patyjager.blogspot.com  her website; http://www.patyjager.net or on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/#!/paty.jager and twitter;  @patyjag. 

Blog Tour Contest! Each blog stop has a picture of an eagle in the post. Follow the tour and send me the number of different pictures you see while following the tour. To learn where I’ll be go to my blog (http://www.patyjager.blogpsot.com) or website(http://www.patyjager.net) If there is more than one correct entry I’ll draw a winner on May 21st  to receive a $25 gift certificate to either Barnes and Nobles or Amazon, a handmade custom ereader cover, and chocolate. Send your entry number to: patyjag@gmail.com by May 21st.

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Karen H in NC said...

Hi Paty,

Interesting post today. Did you find mixing genres difficult? And, do you find researching a book set in another century more difficult and/or more demanding than a contemporary time period?

Paty Jager said...

Hi Karen, the writing of mixed genres was easy the getting a publisher to look at it was hard. I kept getting, "But where would we market it." You have to be a person who can think outside the box to mix genres.

As for the researching different centuries or contemporary, I find the researching equal whether it's a historical or contemporary. It's the writing I find more difficult with the contemporary because people live in the time and places I write about and I want to make sure it's completely correct. With the historical you can fudge a little because there is no one alive now to say any different. Thanks for following the tour!

Caroline Clemmons said...

Blending genres is almost impossible to avoid for our type writing. It never bothers me, but makes a promo description a bit more difficult, doesn't it?

MK said...

I like what you did with the genres - makes for a good read.

Nancy Jardine said...

I agree with Caroline that the writing is the easy bit, getting an editor to look at your work and then deciding what to call it is the frustrating part. Time for a rest for you, now, Paty?

BonSue Brandvik said...

As one who also blends genres, I appreciate the pickle of 'choosing one' for marketing purposes. I used to worry about selling a paranormal/ romance/ women's fiction/ time travel/ contemporary/ historic novel... now I just laugh about it. Fortunately, with so many readers using the Internet to find new books these days, meta tags really help resolve the genre conflicts.

Your book sounds wonderful. Best of luck with it!

Paty Jager said...

Caroline, It does make promoting interesting when you mix the genres.

Thanks, MK!

Nancy, I wish! Now that the tour is done I need to get another book cranked out!

BonSue, I agree, the meta tags are great because you can draw in someone who reads one type and the end up reading yours that is man y types. Thanks!

Sandy said...

These days everyone blends genres, but they didn't used to sell. Thank goodness there were enough readers out there who wanted the genres blended to make publishers buy them.

Paty Jager said...

Sandy, that's true. There are very few "pure" genre books. I agree. Thanks for stopping in.

bn100 said...

Thanks for sharing about the inspiration for the book. It sounds fascinating.

bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

Paty Jager said...

Lysette, Thanks!

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Tanya Hanson said...

HI Paty, congrats again. I love this series.

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