ne thing I have always known about myself when it comes to writing is that I don’t want to be known as a serial author… that is, I don’t want to be stuck in one genre, just because it’s A: something I’m told I’m good at or B: because it’s what my fans expect of me. But in reading The Casual Vacancy I’ve come to learn that branching out isn’t as easy as it might seem.
If you’re lucky enough to find some kind of loyal following with any one of your novels, how do you branch out away from what you’re readers are used too without completely alienating them in the process? Especially if you’re an indie author who hasn’t quite pinned down your audience yet. What then?
According to just about every writing book known to man, the first rule of writing is to know who you’re writing for. Who’s your audience and why should they care about your story/characters? Assuming you’ve figured that out, the next challenge is… how do you write a story that’s technically for a completely different audience while keeping the same audience you found with the first book?
Life after Secrets of Witches is going to be a little complicated because I know that the stories I have planned afterwards aren’t going to be anything like Secrets, if for no other reason because they won’t be fantasy. I would like to believe that if I write a compelling enough story with characters that readers are able to see themselves in, it won’t really matter that it’s a different genre.