Do you write the way you read?
I was recently asked this question and it made me think a little. I love to read mysteries and thrillers and combinations of these genres. Two of my novels are, in fact, mysteries (A Step Ahead of Death, and Witness in the Window). Congo Mission, my second novel, on the other hand is basically a thriller. Did you know that there is romance in all of my novels? It isn’t the hot and steamy kind, but there is a love interest that moves through the lines along with the suspense and mystery. When I read, I love to see a personal story fulfilled. If there is a romantic side to the novel, all the better, but I don’t care for descriptive sex scenes or objectionable language.
The genre chosen for a book determines its placement in brick and mortar book stores. Likewise, if you search for books by genre, you may miss out on a good mystery novel if it is labeled a “romance.” I like to try out new authors from time to time. I also make it a point to read self-published authors regularly. It helps them and promotes independent publishing. While I tend to stay within a relatively narrow band of genres, it does not prevent me from straying out into unknown territory from time to time in my reading. I really like Tom Clancy, but I have enjoyed most of Nicholas Sparks’ novels as well. I love Agatha Christie, but Jan Karon’s Mitford series is heartwarming and satisfying to read.
The answer to the original question, therefore, is “not completely.” Perhaps once I have written many more novels I will have branched out to other genres.
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