When I began my writing career I was going to write romances --- end of story. At that time, back in the late middle ages, there were historical romances, contemporary romances and series romances.
Nowadays, you go into the bookstore or look on line and the genres and sub genres are crossing over and blending.
Here's my genre-blending story.
At first I tried to write sweet contemporary romances but dead bodies kept showing up. I switched to writing romantic suspense. Still romance but different. The first book I sold? A romantic suspense. I was a writer of romantic suspense --- end of story. I should have known better.
My first publisher asked if I would be one of the authors to write a paranormal series. I had no desire to write paranormal but I was a new writer and this was my first publisher. I didn't want to rock the boat. I was looking at the Bible and one of the stories grabbed me. (One of only two times that a story basically sprang out of my brain and on to paper. The other time was also a paranormal romance.)
But I wasn't done yet.
I was out shopping with my sister-in-law and we found this absolutely amazing hand-carved bed. This was an exclusive furniture store and the bed was far too expensive for either of us. But for some reason I couldn't get this damn bed out of my mind. A few days later I had the beginning of what would be a cozy mystery with ghosts. The bed doesn't have a big part in the book, it was more the catalyst that introduced me to those characters. So now I'm writing paranormal, romantic mystery. Talk about mixing it up! The only thing I do know is they all have a happy ending and I'll keep writing them that way.
Do you blend your genres? Sub Genres? Or are you a Purist?