I started my career in light, fun and sexy mysteries. I loved those books.
Then I wrote standalone romantic mysteries. I loved those too.
Then I wrote paranormal. I LOVED those!!
Then I wrote the Plus One Chronicles and now the spin-off Savaged Illusions Series, OMG I love these books too.
And this is what happens when you have too many passions as an author. We push ourselves as a writer, strive broaden our skills and hopefully improve our emotional depth. But we will lose some of our readers.
This is something I’ve struggled with all my career as a writer.
Here’s a marketing truism: If you find one genre and voice that you’re good at, and stick with that, then you will win the hearts of readers, and keep building. But if you follow your multiple passions to write in multiple genres, and you don’t write fast enough, then you will lose some readers and dilute your sales. For example, people who read only read paranormal aren’t going to read your contemporaries.
And here is another truism: Readers have the absolute right to choose which books they want to read. I don’t care if they loved your historical romance, they do not owe it to you to at least try your amazing fantasy. It’s the reader’s time and money, and they choose how they wish to spend those resources. Period.
So what does a writer do?
Tell me what YOU think?