Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I have only written one book outside my usual m/m erotic romance genre. It was a mainstream thriller, more young adult spy-thriller than anything else. It was one of my earliest novels and centered around a young computer genius and a band of special services soldiers titled FLIGHT OF THE SPARROWS.
M/M erotic romance to mainstream YA. Yeah, it’s as far from an m/m erotic romance as you can get, but I didn’t worry about whether or not it would affect my branding or my readers’ opinion of me. It was something I wanted to write, a storyline that came to me in a smooth flow of characters and plot, and I had to give it life. I don’t stop to consider if a story is outside the box I am usually placed in by the writing community and its audience. I just write what comes to me.
I think my readers are intelligent people who can read a blurb or book summary and decide for themselves if the story appeals to them no matter who the author is. Just because I write sizzling gay romance isn’t any reason to think I can’t write a spy novel or a mystery aimed at a different audience. Just like everyone has more than one favor of ice cream or type of food they enjoy, an author can be successful in more than one genre.