Or, perhaps you get that sideways glance, subtle rearing of head with raised eyebrows...Really? How exciting, er...what do you mean, like...writing a book?
Quite funny isn't it? How about if a complete stranger asks 'what genre are you?' Followed through with...'and why did you choose to write that?' Why the devil would you want to write about that...silly girl.
Personally, my favourite reaction is the excited squeals, jumping up and down, hugs and 'Wow! Thats awesome...cheers!'
We are told that its the writer's job to know their genre - true. You should know your genre and your reader. However I often ponder this whole 'pigeon-holing' business. Are there genre-pigeon-hole police? What happens if you decide to cross the borders? Say, from Historical Romance to Paranormal Young Adult or dare I suggest Chicklit to Sci-fi Fantasy. I mean what are the rules about pigeon-holes and writers? And who decides what a genre is?
Tell me, how did you choose your genre and why? And do you ever want to cross that border?
Aunt Edie's teacake...a dollop of cream...shockingly sinful
For the record, my lovely family and friends have been very supportive cheerleaders! Yah Team Scribe!