Question: Are there certain characteristics that show up in our books?
For me, the quick answer is NO.
I have not written any two stories that are anything alike in the least, be they fictional, based on true stories or non-fiction.
That having been said, I have two amendments to that answer.
One is that many of my stories have basis in reality. Some are downright retellings of actual events, although I have been known to change or leave out details.
One is almost verbatim, except for the ending, and the fact that I left out a few modifying parts of conversations to make the ending, well…different.
Other than that and the next point, the ones that are finished/almost finished have next to nothing in common.
There are a few that I am not sure where they should be categorized. A cousin called them free verse, but they definitely tell a story and those have the same defining characteristic: they each address the story of a woman at some time in her life, referring to her only as “She” and “Her”, but other than that, they have nothing in common.
They are not based on the same women, nor do they address similar circumstances.
(I won’t bring my poetry into this, since we were discussing “stories”.)
Maybe it is because my writings, so far, have not been consistent in any major category. Not more than one, (so far), has been a ‘romance’, not more than one has been a ‘thriller’, not more than one has been… goodness, what DO I call that one? There is one children’s story finished, another started, but they are unalike. A few starts I suppose one might call ‘supernatural’, but they are not the same types of stories.
Maybe when all is said and done, we’ll find some trap which I have fallen into, but as of yet, I don’t think so.
It could be said that I haven’t found a niche, either.