April 19, 2014

Q Is For Quirky Fiction

When I had first started writing back in 2006, I had a heck of a time trying to categorize/pigeonhole what it was exactly that i was writing. I had originally started writing what I thought was romance, so whenever someone asked me what I wrote, I would say enthusiastically, "Romance!"

However, the further along I got, the less that moniker seemed to fit. So we went off on a search and destroy to come up with another label for my writing. By 2009, I had a short story published that more or less left the question of what it was exactly that I wrote, extremely murky.

Still, we muddled along as I became severely infatuated with flash fiction, which in turn had me all over the dial for my writing. By 2010, I was hopelessly deadlocked for a genre. At that point, i had started dabbling with the paranormal/fantasy genre.

After finishing my debut novel plus finishing up on a novella, I found that I really liked writing in that genre. But, like most things in my life, I wasn't writing paranormal in the strictest sense of the word, in that I enjoyed writing hybrid characters (i.e. half human/half animal).

So off we went again in search of a genre that I could attach to my writing. Eventually and after much deliberation, I created a category for my writing, which coincidentally fits my personality to a T.


Quirky is who I am and fiction is what I write. Quirky is the be all to end all, and you can become quirky as well. If you don't like having your writing categorized/pigeonholed, just call it "Quirky". You'll be glad that you did.

(c) 2014 by G.B. Miller. All Rights Reserved.


  1. Quirky should be a genre. There's a lot of work that skirts several genres that would fit that description.

  2. Alex: Most definitely. Just about all of my writing fits that particular description.

  3. I like Quirky. Sounds like it's a good fit. I'm thinking Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Jeff Wadlow.

  4. Hehe I love the thought of creating your own category … well done … and quirky covers a multitude …. I might be borrowing from you soon :) Happy Easter

    Fil's Place - Old Songs and Memories

  5. Joylene: Thanks for stopping by.

    It is the perfect fit for what I write, 'cause to label it anything else would be an exercise in futility. And I agree with you on those funny guys too.

    Fil: Thanks. I figure since I'm a little quirky, why not a little quirkiness for a genre description.

  6. I, too, struggle to define my genre. I'm trying different ones this month to see which ones if any, resonate with me and with readers.

    Jean, visiting for the A-Z Challenge from Rantings and Ravings of an Insane Writer

  7. Some of the best books don't fit in a particular category. Who knows? Quirky fiction may be the next big thing...and you'll be at the forefront of the trend.

    Visiting from the A to Z challenge signup page. Great to meet you!

    Stephanie Faris, author
    30 Days of No Gossip

  8. Quirky is good. As a quirk myself, I appreciate quirks. :) Hey, the more you say quirk the funnier it sounds!

    Hope you had a lovely Easter, G!

  9. Jean: Thanks for stopping by.

    That makes sense as eventually you will find one that resonates with your readers.

    Stephanie: Thanks for stopping by.

    Being the forefront of a trend...I like that. Thanks!

    Talon: Quirky resonates throughout my entire being, so as a person full of quirks, I enjoy the compliment from a fellow quirk. :D

  10. I think that's an awesome description, and very apt.


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