By Hildie McQueen
“What genre do you write?” I have been asked that several times in the past. The answer used to be simple. ”Paranormal Romance.” But five years later, it’s so much harder to answer the easy question.
I mostly write Historical Western Romance. That seems to be my main genre right now. But I’m also published in paranormal, contemporary and historical erotic. Sometimes I wonder if it’s smarter to stick to one, or like so many writers lately, keep changing depending on the mood or the planets or the eight ball? I admire the ability of some writers to stay in a specific genre and dig deep writing one beautiful story after another. I wish I could.
I don’t know about you, but for me, if a story beats me upside the head, I have to write it. However, I don’t publish everything my genre jumping imagination throws at me. Readers would be very confused if I published in any more genres!
It would be very interesting to hear from readers what their thoughts are on this. If you read a certain author, are you willing to cross genres with them? Some friends of mine will only read J.D. Robb, but not Nora, and vice versa. So I know readers will sometimes stick only to their favorite genre.
As of right now I plan to stick to the historical arena. Although in two very different times. The American wild west and the 1600 Highlands.
If you read more than one genre do you stay with certain authors? Do you go into other genres that your favorite authors write?
Writers, what do you think about writing in several different genres? Does it weaken the writing or strengthen it?
One thing is for sure, there is nothing else I’d rather do!
Happy Reading my Friends.