Magic realism or fantasy?

Classifying your genre is a difficult part of a writer’s job, at least for me. I’ve been told there is no such thing as historical fantasy–but even though I spent a great deal of time researching my latest series, I wouldn’t list it in historical fiction alone.

Mostly because of the shape-shifting.

I didn’t do a huge “cover reveal” because I had the picture up on my kickstarter campaign before I was ready to announce the book. We are just a few days into the campaign and I could still use help.

Writers like to classify genres down to Kingdom…Phylum…Sub-phylum…Order and Family. Maybe it makes us feel more legit to be science-y.  Maybe because it is just so HARD to take all that is a story and boil it down to a paragraph, a sentence or a word.

Of course we have no choice.

I’ll announce the book officially on my mailing list next month, but for now, I’m categorizing the genre. Enjoy the sneak peak:

An epileptic seizure sends fourteen year old Eldora to an underground insane asylum. When she comes into contact with a star garnet, a new destiny ignites. Yi Bae, a watcher, left China to search for his kidnapped sister in the aftermath of America’s Gold Rush era. His mission is compromised when he meets a girl who interrupts his devotion to the stone.

Set against the volatile backdrop of 1863 Idaho Territory, Stone of Asylum searches for freedom in a world of betrayal and obligation.