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A reader asks, "Is The General's Mistress a romance?"

Well...I'm not sure! There is a girl and a guy and they get together, but we don't meet him until halfway through the book and it's not really so much about how they get together as it is about her choices and how she becomes who she really is. He's certainly not her only lover, and they don't get married and live happily ever after. And she's bisexual and gender is a very complicated thing, and they spend time together both with her in drag and her not in drag and he's not the person who provides an initiatory transformative experience as that's two guys before him, and she doesn't change his life, not yet. There's a lot of sex, but only about half of it is with him.

Also there are battles and grand strategy and a lot of politics. And angels and Lodge magic and being an oracle. There is love but also war, passion but also politics.

I seem to write on this line -- is it fantasy, historical fiction, or romance? Which element is predominant? Is Hand of Isis a fantasy novel? Or is it a historical novel? What about Stealing Fire? So I'm not sure. Historical romantic fantasy? Historical fantasy with sex? Historical romance with battles? Historical novel with romantic and occult elements? I have no idea which label to put on it. All I can say is that those are the three ingredients in about equal measures.


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Oct. 8th, 2012 06:12 pm (UTC)
I hope so!
Oct. 7th, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
And that, in a nutshell, is why I love your books!
Oct. 8th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
That's what I like to write -- but it is very hard to sell, because no one is quite sure where to put it!
Oct. 8th, 2012 11:23 am (UTC)
Arrgghh, my copy is posting across the Atlantic on Oct 23. (frustrated scowl)

Oct. 8th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
Apparently Barnes & Noble has it in the warehouse, but individual bookstores don't have copies yet...
Oct. 11th, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
I like the idea that it doesn't fit any one genre - makes it more interesting! Looking forward to getting hold of a copy.
Oct. 11th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It really doesn't fit a genre neatly. There's a lot more adventure and war than a usual romance, and there's the oracular stuff that is real, not her imagination. But there's also a lot of sex! So what is it?
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