Most of the writers I admire seem to stick with one particular genre in their work. Romance novelists write contemporary, historical, paranormal, erotic and other types of books. One thing they all have in common though is their penchant to be fictional romance stories.
History books, some of my favorites due to research for my own work, are almost always based on nonfiction and relate events from the past as accurately as possible. Whether it is following the battles and soldiers of wars, the clothing and hairstyles of a particular era or relating a country’s historical timeline, it is all based on facts.
Mainstream fiction also is a genre that is defined by its writers. Not necessarily romances or nonfiction, these books often follow crime or suspense or famous people’s lives and are not subject to being defined (at least to me) as a particular genre. When one enters a bookstore each shelf of books is listed under its own type of label, be it adventure, travel, romance, teen romance, references…so many types of books.
I adore writing romance. Historical romance to be exact. And yet, at times I find myself intensely attracted to a story about other characters, other times and other areas of interest.
As writers we develop our craft in our own ways. For me, I believe romance is a perfect way to express myself. However, maybe I should incorporate crime or suspense…I enjoy reading these books. And what a writer enjoys reading often works its way into the writer’s own stories.
One genre or many, one era or another…writers write what they feel,