The bottom line is this...I live every day in the real world. I find the real world to be a wonderful place, but come on, I spend all day here, I want to escape to somewhere else. I want to go to a place where magic is real and anything is possible. Within the speculative umbrella, my favorite stories are the ones that are magical and realistic at the same time. I like books that are set in the real world, preferably the present. I like imagining magic could exist in my own world.
I also want to say that I have a special place in my heart for novels that are "genre confused." I really struggled with defining my first novel, The Charge. And, I'm proud to say that I never really did. It's unique and doesn't fit well into any specific category. Yes, it's harder to market these books! But, I don't mind being a little different.
What's your favorite genre?