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We’re glad to meet you here. We’re a band of people who read bountiful books – and write them, too!

If you’re like us, you’ve been frustrated by how hard it is to find the kind of reading material you like: bigger-than-life books in the grand tradition of the Literary Fiction classics, and ambitious Fusion Fiction that pushes the envelope of modern publishing by crossing several genre lines.

We all love reading language that paints pictures inside our heads, and we’re not bothered if we occasionally have to pick up a thesaurus or dictionary, to learn some new vocabulary we found in a great book.

We want to read stories that make us think and feel: to laugh, cry, get mad, have hope, be happy, surprised, satisfied.

We’ve often been so disappointed by modern fiction, that we’ve thought, “I could write better than that!”

And many of us felt driven to do so – but you don’t…

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New Free Cooperative Book Listing Site.

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IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

Announcing MasterpieceMarketplace, dedicated to serving the writers and readers of Literary Fiction and Fusion Fiction.

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Genre or Commercial Fiction doesn’t need much help getting seen and getting sold; that’s why it’s the bread-and-butter book for many authors to write. However, some authors also yearn to find an audience for their magnum opus: the lavish Literary or Fusion Fiction (multi-genre) novel they spent many loving years writing, but which may be hard to classify, and thus can’t be located amid the torrent of novellas and novelettes that flood the modern market.

There are also many readers who search for stories in which they can lose themselves for longer than a weekend afternoon. They’re the big-book fans of historical novels, family sagas, and multi-genre works that paint pictures inside their heads while portraying the intricacies of the human condition, in the literary classic writing style that can be hard to find on the virtual shelves of online retailers.

Masterpiece Marketplace exists to help bring together these writers and readers. It’s…

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Fusion Fiction as Third Rail Writing.

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Blog posts about banned books have shown that, unlike the other Arts, inappropriate taboos are still inflicted on the Art of Writing. These restrictions define and confine a Third Rail: supercharged concepts barricaded behind signs that say, Don’t write here.

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Included among these powerful ideas are dilemmas that can affect love stories, such as something that prevents them from ending Happily Ever After (or at least Happy For Now); or whatever may be perceived as altering the distribution of power that’s assumed to accompany sexual dimorphism, such as a heroine who is more economically successful or sexually experienced than the hero; and even passionate middle-aged or elderly lovers. Such strong stories can end up being shelved as Women’s Fiction, a vague category that’s guaranteed to obscure almost any book that lands there.

Another warning sign above the Third Rail is the dogma that proscribes a writer’s crossing genre lines. Oddly enough, this prohibition conflicts with the doctrine that urges the cultivation of name recognition: to achieve branding as a great storyteller. The ability to spin a good yarn is a personal trait, independent of the type of story being told. To suggest that the teller of a well-told story in one genre will lose readership by switching to another, can only be a fairy tale told by trolls intent on derailing an author’s reputation for effective writing.

Related to this is the persistent lack of an official category for what I call Fusion Fiction: crossing genre lines within one work. Irish Firebrands is one such book, because of its combination of Boomer-Lit, romantic beach-read,  social-political-historical commentary, paranormal, inspirational, and psychological elements.

Crossing genre lines within one work offers a reader the opportunity to focus on the desired aspect of the reading experience. If you’re looking for a love story, wallow in it. If you like to puzzle out paranormal clues, have at it. If you want to get inside the heads of characters in a psychological melodrama, go for it. If you’re into to learning facts or skills, or traveling to a different place or time to experience a culture or history, more power to you. If you seek encouragement from reading a story that’s uplifting, inspirational, metaphysical or visionary, be my guest. If you enjoy thought-provoking controversy or pungent social commentary, prepare to be pungently provoked.

Unfortunately, the effort to avoid crossing genre lines within one story, may be what makes it difficult for some who do write within a single genre to create well-developed characters. I can think of nothing that’s better guaranteed to result in a flat, uninteresting “cardboard” character, than to deny that character the opportunity to think, say, and live the variety of things that real people get to do.

Moreover, social, political, or historical commentary, psychopathology, and metaphysical or inspirational themes are also among the subjects that can electrify the Third Rail. When character-catalyzing controversies are made off-limits, writers may resort to awkward back-story data dumping, relying on excessively detailed physical descriptions, and proposing improbable plots to drive their stories.

Should all stories combine genres? Perhaps not, but the leavening that some amount of mixing can provide, would go far towards eliminating charges of “formulaic” genre fiction.

Fusion Fiction powered by the Third Rail invites readers to an experience as vivid and varied as any may wish life would be. If a story challenges me to join up the dots in a different way, every time I re-read it, you’ll find that novel in my bookcase.

Do YOU write FUSION FICTION? Please register for FREE promotion, and help build a community of like-minded Authors of mixed-genre Written Art.

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Your Literary Legacy.

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To many readers, the name Shel Silverstein (1930-1999) turns on the lights in their attics about poetry books for kids. But Silverstein had a long and varied career as a newspaper and magazine cartoonist, and as a songwriter: one of his hit songs was A Boy Named Sue.

Authors who keep to one genre of writing can certainly become specialists in their fields, although they’re also undertaking to search the same mine for new veins, in order to keep their output fresh. For some, this presents no problem: they were fortunate enough to have struck a mother lode, where their imaginations can excavate profitably for perhaps as long as a lifetime. Most end up moving mountains of slag, to produce each story.

For others, digging for more stories in the same genre feels claustrophobic: going down a dark mine shaft when they’d rather be working out in the open, traveling the territory and panning many streams. Some of these penman prospectors also look for precious gemstones among the genre pebbles, and by using literary lapidary, they can set these within their works, to lend additional color and light.

Authors in the second group are writing Fusion Fiction: a writing category that combines multiple genres within individual works, or across a writer’s corpora. Such cross-genre writing constitutes the synthesis of written thought: much as gems and precious metals are combined to make jewelry, and how rings, brooches, necklaces and diadems, taken together, constitute a monarch’s crown jewels.

If you’re writing Fusion Fiction, as a knowledgeable literary prospector, the written treasure you’re collating is no more a flash in the pan, than the collections of a skillful single-genre miner can be dismissed out-of-hand as fool’s gold. People want to read the kind of writing found in Fusion Fiction, but in a marketplace that’s been set up to favor single-genre works and writers, your style of storytelling is hard to find.

That’s why you’re invited to register your published writing for free promotion at the Fusion Fiction website. By coming together, writers who cross genre lines will raise their profiles and create an equitable marketplace for their unique works of Written Art. Like the existence of Shel Silverstein’s many cross-genre contributions, your literary legacy as a Fusion Fiction Author deserves to be known.



What’s Fusion Fiction?

FUSION FICTION: Ascending New Heights, Accessing Many Depths

FUSION FICTION: Ascending New Heights, Accessing Many Depths

Fusion Fiction is rooted in the great literary masterworks of the past, written by wordsmiths who were capable of telling broad stories that had meaning on many levels for their audience. This early literature had grown out of the oral traditions of bards and poets who informed and entertained pre-literate cultures for millennia.

Today, it’s the kind of story that defies classification in a single marketing code category. It’s also the kind of writing that agents hesitate to represent, because traditional publishers are unwilling to print it. 

This is not due to a readership problem: Industrialized nations have achieved almost universal literacy, and developing nations are rapidly closing the gap. It’s a business decision, based on contemporary theories about marketing research and controlling the flow of supply and demand. Even some libraries have adopted the marketing code system of genre classification.

Many authors are content to follow marketing trends, and they specialize in strictly single-genre writing. Tens of thousands of their works populate each of the marketing code-oriented real and virtual shelves of booksellers, worldwide. 

Other writers are still inspired to tell stories that synthesize several subjects at multiple depths. Modern readers are as capable of appreciating these works as were their forebears; nevertheless, the marketing code owners group recommends that such books be given no more than three codes. Most cross-genre fiction displays only one marketing code category.

Thus, contemporary marketing strategies – primarily the unexplained and unreliable marketing codes, which the owners group will not publicly define, and which can be arbitrarily discontinued at any time – do not promote the easy and accurate discoverability of cross-genre fiction. Hence, the grassroots formation of the Fusion Fiction category, and the establishment of this internet site, to promote it.

Fusion Fiction also includes a sub-genre called “Fission”:

Do you write stand-alone fiction that crosses genre lines within its covers? That’s Fusion!

Do you write single-genre fiction in different genres? That’s Fission!

Both kinds of work are welcome for free promotion here!