They’re asking over at Publishers Weekly. Here’s my answer.
Women’s Fiction is a lot of things.
–“I will lose these last 10lbs. by Christmas.”
–“People will love me more if I lose these last 10lbs.”
–“It’s my fault he cheated.”
–“What I believe about issues isn’t important.”
–“My voice will never be heard.”
–“I am not worthy of holding out for the right partner.”
–“It’s okay to settle for second best.”
Now as for what fiction is most appealing to women….I think it depends on the time, the life circumstance and the desires and experiences of each individual woman.
It’s whatever makes us think, laugh and understand. It’s whatever makes us feel better about the world and our place in it.
There is a lot of fiction out there. I think of Women’s Fiction as that which, like women, nurtures and gives care. It can be sexy or funny or full of lusty descriptions of delicious foods. It can be about fashion–if you’re into that, and I’m so hopelessly lost when it comes to that–or family.
Good Women’s Fiction is like your best self on your best day. It’s beautiful, confident, has good taste and is fun to be around.
Hat Tip: Susan Wiggs via Twitter (@susanwiggs)