Throughout my internet travels, I occasionally run across other writers who seem to have no problem chasing the latest sub-genre du jour. I’m not saying this is a bad thing. If they can write it with all the interest and passion they’d give their favorites then I applaud them, but I don’t understand it. I can’t see myself doing the same.
Yes, I write erotic romance and it’s popular, but I do so because it comes naturally to me. I usually like the romance I read to be hot, sometimes even hotter than I write. Even so, I have no desire, no inclination to write in the same sex, GLBT, shape-shifter or BDSM sub-genres any more than I do inspirational romance. Am I shooting myself in the foot, writing wise? Limiting my pool of readers? I don’t know. I just know that right now, those elements aren’t in my area of interest where writing is concerned. My efforts to write them would probably be as palatable as burnt toast.
I read more widely than I write. I like series romance, romantic suspense, short stories, and gritty whodunnits. Other favs are romantic comedy, some YA’s and a good western romance, whether contemporary or historical. Add in light paranormals, soft sci-fi and a smattering of urban fantasy (decay ?) to round out my most popular choices.
My fiction writing thus far consists of contemporary series romance, contemporary romance with soft sci-fi and light paranormal elements (my Crainesian works), and some American frontier type historicals. If I go paranormal, the stories feature extra sensory type gifts such as telepathic communication, kinetics, ghost seers, healers or perhaps the ability to control some form of nature’s elements.
Why am I writing about all this? I guess I’m hoping there are others out there with similar tastes to mine or whose tastes include some of my favorites. Sci-fi without interplanetary travel and freaky species. Paranormal without vamps or shape-shifters or zombies. Contemporary romance, but an alternate reality. Women on the American frontier who find sex to be more than their duty to a husband.
Anyone out there find those type stories of interest besides me? I know there are because my books continue to sell, so speak up. I don’t bite…much. 😉