Adrian J. Smith talks For by Grace and Writing Genre Fiction ~ Guest Blog

Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Adrian J. Smith for taking the time to talk with us today. .

For by Grace cover

Title: For by Grace
Author: Adrian J. Smith
Publisher: Supposed Crimes
Cover Artist: Heidi DeCausemaker

Writing Genre Fiction:

I write genre fiction. I don’t hate to admit it; I actually love it. I write genre fiction, meaning I don’t write romance, I don’t write erotic romance, and I don’t write erotica. Does it mean I don’t write it at all? Hell no! I have close to 100 fanfictions and the high majority of those are erotic in nature.

I write it all; I just don’t publish it all. My novels are genre fiction. And here’s why. It’s more about the story. It’s about the plot. It’s about creating characters I like who have a story that is so intriguing I can’t give it up. I don’t care about peoples romantic relationships in real life beyond a “how’d you meet? When did you know they were the one? Where did you go from there?” I don’t want 80,000 words to tell me a story that could be told in five sentences.

Now, I’m not dissing the romance genre at all. Trust me, I read it all the time. I love reading it. I just don’t love writing it. For some reason, I like things to be action packed and fast-paced when I’m writing. I like there to be scene after scene of something tangible happening to keep the story moving.

I write genre fiction. But I also write lesbian fiction. What that means is it’s hard to write lesbian fiction without it being romantic, without it being erotic. The readers of lesbian fiction expect it (more so with gay fiction, so I don’t have an advantage here). None of my novels have an erotic scene in them (at least not yet). They are all fade to black, letting the reader’s imagination soar.

I don’t want my book heroes to be woman who are strong in a relationship. I want them to be women with weaknesses and strengths to match. I want them to be challenging to themselves and to others, to have a dynamic where I would love to be their best friend. I want my book heroes to have a life beyond their significant other!

If writing genre fiction is what it takes to achieve that, then I don’t think it’s that bad of a thing to do. And you know what? I love it all the more for it.



Being a Sheriff’s Deputy is not all about saving lives and arresting criminals, and each day Grace wonders if she’ll make it home.

While kids at the schools Deputy Grace Halling visits see her as the knight in blue-cotton armor, people involved in the cases she is dispatched to have a different opinion. She has every confidence in her ability to do her job and arrest criminals. She easily takes down a knife-wielding woman and a drunken combatant teenager without hesitation. Everyone—victim, suspect, or witness—has a story to tell or to lie about, and Grace is never perturbed by their tales.

That all changes when she looks down the barrel of a gun. She loses confidence in her ability as a deputy, she loses trust in herself and fellow officers, and she struggles to stay afloat as shift after shift passes. Grace cannot find her rhythm of being a deputy again. And when the Police Chaplain unexpectedly barges into her life, her personal and professional lives are flipped upside down. Grace struggles to find her even ground, worrying that the next time she stares a murderer in the face will be the last.

About the Author:

IC-Author-PicAdrian J. Smith, or “AJ” as she is often called, is a part-time writer with an epic imagination, sharp wit, and kind heart that gets her into a bit of trouble when it comes to taking in all the neighborhood stray cats. Being obsessed with science fiction, Smith often goes off on tangents about the space-time continuum. She is also a part-time lunatic with a secretive past. It’s been rumored that she was once a spy for the government, but anyone who has gotten close enough to know the truth has never lived to tell the tale. When traveling around the world on various classified tasks, Smith requires the following be provided: buffalo jerky, mimosas, and eighty six pennies. This is all we know about the reclusive woman.

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