I recently joined a new group on Goodreads. I don’t belong to many groups and I’m very picky about the ones I do join. But this one sounded interesting when I ran across the name. So I took a look. What’s eco-fiction?
As it turns out, eco-fiction is what I write. Okay, it’s one genre my work fits into, along with several others. Because, like many writers, I don’t worry about fitting my story into any one box. The result, honesty forces me to add, is that when it’s time to market what I’ve written, I’m truly frustrated because… surprise, surprise… it doesn’t neatly fit into any one genre. Thus it’s difficult to market.
Anyway,to return to the subject of this post, it seems that eco-fiction is fiction of any kind that celebrates, describes, or promotes the natural world. Dune is eco-fiction.
Really? Well, if Dune fits the genre of eco-fiction, my books do too, as well as those other genres my books have been assigned to. Fantasy. Sci-fi. Contemporary. Paranormal. Romance. And so on. And I’m sure other writers have books that fit this genre and aren’t being marketed as such because they don’t know the genre exists. Just like I’d never heard of it until I ran across that group on Goodreads.
But I have a special feel for this new label. Eco-fiction. I love it! I plan on using the term as often as possible. Who knows? Maybe it’ll become mainstream.