As both a reader and a writer, I have a special affinity for those authors that can stretch themselves into writing in a genre or a style that is not their norm. I completely understand the author that says "I write what I know and I write it well, so why should I change?". The answer to that is, "you shouldn't". If that's someone's focus then all the power to them but I do love reading about authors who may publish literary fiction, horror, thriller, sci-fi or any other combination.
I suppose that I would categorize myself as that type of a writer. I've enjoyed writing in different styles and with different voices. Sometimes, I've found it a challenge and the story didn't work as well as I'd like but for me, that's part of the process. I expect that's why my stories will range across the board - and I will continue to experiment. My two novels in progress are completely different. Pieces of Silver is a crime/thriller and it has been a real challenge but one that I've enjoyed. Conversely, Gateway of Pardisia is an attempt at Young Adult/Fantasy and Magic. WIth both of these stories, the differing genres have not only present their own challenges but they've helped me to not only understand the genre a little bit better, but also to get in touch with my own strengths and weaknesses as a writer.
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