Should an author stick to only one genre or is it okay to branch out into other styles? This is a question I’ve been asking myself. I have two books out: one cozy mystery, and one women’s fiction. I’m wondering if readers can accept two such divers styles from one writer.
I think so. I write what I like to read, and I certainly don’t read only one genre. I tend to prefer mysteries over other types of books, but I will read just about anything if it’s well written and interesting to me. And as a reader I don’t stick to fiction. I love reading memoirs and biographies as well as histories.
Personally I think that most readers are sophisticated enough to tackle all types of books. If there is a reader who doesn’t like cozies they may like my women’s fiction. I also have a romance novel that may be coming out soon and that may appeal to yet another reader.
So I guess the answer to my own question is no. A writer should write what they want and not be forced to choose just one genre. Just as readers shouldn’t be corralled into one section of the bookstore, neither should authors.
What do you think?