Tuesday, January 15, 2013
I like your old stuff better then your new stuff...
Ahem. Anyhow. I wrote the bones of this story in 2009. So it isn't new, really. It's just taken this long to find a home. Sci-fi is like that. But I always loved it. So it isn't as if I broke down in a fit of pink insanity and tore off down a new fork in the road, or anything.
Still, DRAGONFLY is a little different to my other stuff. Futuristic, rather than contemporary. More action-focused than my other books, which are stronger on the romance. And people seem to like it, which is excellent. It even got an award nomination from Australian Romance Readers for Favourite Sci-Fi/Futuristic/Fantasy Romance. Awesome!
So… now what?
Who knew I could write an action tale? Should I write more of these? Continue with paranormal romance? Write something altogether different? Give up and switch to matchstick boat building? Even (shudder) get a 'real' job?
Thing is: writing is like life. You'll never please everyone all the time. Hell, half the time you can't please most of the people some of the time, if you know what I mean. No matter what you do, there's always someone who says, I like your old stuff better. Or, I love this new stuff, chuck the old stuff in the bin and crack on! Or even, you just aren't that good. Never have been. Go wait tables, or something.
Just as in real life, you can never predict what people will approve of or enjoy. Sometimes, you just have to please yourself. Do or say (or write!) what you like. You have to believe in yourself. Trust your instinct. Walk where the story of life leads you.
So this year, I have lots in the works. A new Seven Signs book, REDEMPTION, in March. A short vampire romance (or two!) in my Hunter series. Some other Sekrit Stuff in due course… and, I'm going to write.
Yes. Hear that, New Year? Never mind your messes. I'm going to write.
It might be like my old stuff. Or it might not. Soon as I figure that out, you guys will be the first to know. But that's the beauty of a new year: you never know what it will hold.
P.S. If you want to check out an excerpt of DRAGONFLY, you can see it at the publisher's website, or Amazon. Spaceships and secret agents, oyy!