Since this is the fifteenth, the A portion of my bi-monthly contest has closed, a name has been drawn, and Persephone is the winner. Please send me your wish list of five or more LDS novels you would like and I will do my best to send one of them to you. (My shelves have been greatly cleaned up. I just donated a hundred books to a couple of worthy causes.) Please contact me at bhansen22 at msn dot com with your mailing address and your wish list. Congratulations.
The B portion begins. Most teachers of creative writing, marketing experts, and many wonderful writers advise writers to stick to writing in one genre. They point out that becoming a mystery writer, a romance writer, etc., is like establishing a brand. They say readers identify an author with a particular type of book and if he/she writes in different genres there will be a loss of readers or fans because they won't be getting what they expect. This isn't a rule I've followed.
As my readers know I write mystery, suspense, romance, and historicals. Would you prefer I stick to one genre? Before you answer that, I'm going to mention a few other writers who do a little skipping around. Rachel Nunes is pretty well established as a social issues/romance writer, but her latest book is a paranormal. Jeffrey S. Savage started out writing mysteries; now he's as well known for science fiction with just a slight name change, J. Scott Savage. Annette Lyon started out writing romance, carved out her own niche as an historical writer specializing in temple related novels, now she has published a grammar book and a cookbook. Josi Kilpack's first books were hard-hitting social issues books, now she has switched to culinary mysteries. So here's the discussion question. Do readers really prefer a writer stick with writing in one genre? Are you disappointed when a favorite author jumps to a completely different type of book?
Those who comment on this question will get their names entered twice in the B contest which ends June 30.