While I tend to read some genres more than others, I love to read many different types of stories across genres. I especially love to read just about any subgenre of romance. While I think it’s important to read widely as a writer, it also comes with a great deal of temptation.
Temptation to write All The Things.
One day I want to write a sexy contemporary, and the next, I feel inspired to write an epic fantasy. The wonderful thing about romance is that it offers so many fun subgenres that can still be faithful to a writer’s core readership. But I do try to restrict myself to writing only romance, or stories that have very strong romantic elements. Not only because I’m trying to build a brand a writer, but because I enjoy books that have romantic elements the most.
And while I might like a shiny new non-romantic idea enough to start a story, I may not stay so in love when it comes to writing an entire novel. If I ever do, I’ll likely try to release the story under a new pseudonym.
Also, when it comes to authors who I love, I tend to love them in one genre, and resist following them into the new ones they take up. I try to remember this every time Serenity inspires me to write a space western.
Do you prefer your favorite authors stick with a distinct genre (e.g. romance, sci fi, fantasy), or are you happy to follow them across different genres?