New Adult

A genre of fiction with protagonists in the 18-30 age range.


NA tends to focus on themes such as: leaving home, developing sexuality, choosing careers, beginning college, starting families, financial independence, loss of innocence, fear of failure, and friendships post-high school.

It is typically considered a mixture of the YA and ADULT genres.

YA themes I tend to incorporate: family life, friendship, relationships, sexual interest, identity, working through problems, and learning to be responsible.

ADULT themes I tend to incorporate: the emotional development of a relationship, graphic sex scenes, multiple sex scenes, graphic violence, existential musings, and family dynamics.


A genre of fiction that places the primary focus on the relationship and romantic love of the protagonist, and must have a happily-ever-after or happy-for-now ending.


ALL of my books contain romance and some form of a happy ending!


A genre of fiction set in a made-up universe. Categorized by the absence of Scientific or Macabre themes, this genre often includes elements of the supernatural, such as magic and magical creatures.


ALL of my books are either Fantasy, or a subgenre therein!


These are the subgenres I tend to write in:

Paranormal Romance

Focuses on romantic love and includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending together themes from the speculative fiction genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror.

I tend to consider my books paranormal rather than fantasy IF they're set in a real-life version of Earth, as opposed to a made-up fantasy setting.

Fantasy Romance

Also known as Romantic Fantasy, this genre focuses on relationships: social, political, and of course, romantic.

Contrariwise, I tend to call my books fantasy rather than paranormal IF they're set in a made-up place, rather than a real-life version of Earth.


A community or society that is undesirable or frightening. Often characterized by dehumanization, tyrannical governments, environmental disaster, and cataclysmic decline in society. 

Very similar to Post-Apocalyptic, dystopian tends to focus on character vs. society, whereas Post-Apocalyptic often leans toward character vs. nature or character vs. character.

Reverse Harem

Literally, the opposite of "harem." 

Is categorized as a group of men centering around a singular female, usually with three or more males.

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