How does one tell the difference between these two genres?
Is a novel with two female main characters, in which the plot revolves around the relationships in the book, particularly friendship but with a key disaster to avoid, a (psy) suspense, or Women’s? Why (or why not)?
Pysch. suspense is a mind against itself with fear of the consequences, which fits, and yet this definition also fits: “The Romance Writers of America defines women’s fiction as, “a commercial novel about a woman on the brink of life change and personal growth. Her journey details emotional reflection and action that transforms her and her relationships with others, and includes a hopeful/upbeat ending with regard to her romantic relationship.” (src Wikipedia)”.
A Women’s Psychological Suspense novel?
(If it helps to know at all, my Ideal Reader for this story is between 15 and 36 years old, female, and has been depressed or suffered symptoms of PTSD, most likely being a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. She is well-read and introspective, politically independent. She enjoys history, travel, learning languages and solving problems.
She prefers a thorough debate that settles important questions and improves lives. She dislikes wasting time.
She probably prefers adoption to birthing, and has a tremendous sense of responsibility, preparing herself to make a difference in the world. She is motivated, seeks allies, and adds tools to her arsenal for molding a better world.)
Thanks for any help, Fellow Readers and Writers,
30 November 12015 HE