Goodreads Question on the Genre of The Mason List

Goodreads Question on the Genre of The Mason List

**Goodreads Question**
“When writing The Mason List, did you worry about not fitting specifically into a certain genre?”

I always planned to write a “romance” book but I wasn’t really aiming for one genre or another. I know that can often be bad for marketing a book. What Genre is The Mason List? Well…it’s a Contemporary, Coming-of-Age Romance that crosses both Young Adult and New Adult with splash of Chick Lit.

I read all sorts of genre’s. I think for me, all of those blend together in my head. I didn’t have one genre in mind when I set out to write the story. I was just telling the story. Alex’s backstory took over a large portion of theme. That wasn’t the intention but it became 50% of the story.

My core concept: I wanted a story that actually showed the characters together as kids. I didn’t want the story to start as adults with a few sentences that indicated they grew up together. I wanted the reader to feel like they grew up with the characters. To me, the story of Jess and Alex only existed because of the adventures they had together as children. It wasn’t always perfect and they didn’t always make the best choices. But they were together and the reader got to experience those twists and turns along the way.

I worried when I released The Mason List that people would have issues with the first half of the book being told from the young kid perspective since I was marketing in the romance section of Amazon that is full of traditional style New Adult books. I say traditional, because there’s certain elements that are typically present in most New Adult books.

However, most people have embraced the book as a whole. They loved the epic style and didn’t have a problem with the page count. There’s been a few who didn’t like the first half – and I’ve had people who loved the first half but not the last half. I think some of the dislike does come from the jump in genres. I also know that everyone does not like the same books. I’m okay with it. I had fun writing The Mason List. And at the end of the day, I know the published story is the one that I wanted to tell for Alex and Jess. I stayed true to my original core concept.

The Mason List: It’s the Final Countdown

The Mason List: It’s the Final Countdown

Edits are over. Did I type that sentence?  I have moved to the layout portion of this project.  I spent four hours this past weekend just fixing the paragraph indentions for  the Kindle Mobi file:  from Word to  Writeway Pro to RTF back to Word to HTML file to Mobi file. Yes, that’s my actual work flow that appears to allow the insertion of the  first line indentions. Apparently, Writeway Pro doesn’t like the indentions on the first pass, but I need to upload into that program for the actual chapter layout with table of contents. Trial and error; push out to Kindle for a test. Ironically, this is supposed to be the easy one.  Smashwords is supposed to be the hard one. I am also doing the print layout, which may result in the death of my computer mouse.

With all of that said – Happy Thanksgiving!!  Hopefully, I will have more exciting blog reports as we get closer to the release date.

When I started writing three years ago (gasp!), I didn’t know how time consuming this project would eventually become in my life.  My cousin shared a quote this week.

“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it’s a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress; and then it becomes a master; and then a tyrant.  The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public.” – Winston Churchill

I don’t know if I will ever feel the book is ready for the public, but eventually I have to let go and say enough is enough.

Thanksgiving Song of the Day: Better Days by the Goo Goo Dolls

The Mason List Cover Reveal

The Mason List Cover Reveal

Thank you for visiting my website.  Today is the first public broadcasted push to the world.  Take a look around and I also invite you to follow SD Hendrickson on Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram!  Stay informed on the upcoming fall release of The Mason List.

And now for the official cover reveal of The Mason List!

The Mason List New Cover1