Most of you who have known me awhile know me as a Christian romantic comedy writer. I met you through blogging or critiquing, at the ACFW conference or through mutual friends on Facebook. I've written a large handful of inspirational romance novels. So you're probably curious why all the sudden I'm writing YA fiction for the general market. Or maybe why I wrote all those other novels if I was just going to write YA anyway.
If you know me very well, you also know I LOVE to write in more than one genre. But I was trying to be a good girl, sticking to one genre so that when I finally did get published, readers wouldn't get confused, and for branding purposes and all that. Besides, I wanted to write books I believe in and that have a good, clear message.
I also realized there's a part of me that still loves a little whimsy or magic, that likes fantasy and new worlds and young love. I'd been waiting years to really invest time in a young adult novel that would surely clash with what the rest of the writing world knows me for writing about.
But you know what? If you're passionate about writing something, sometimes you just have to go for it. So I did!
Why did I chose to write YA fiction?
Because I love romance, suspense, sometimes a thriller, fantasy, supernatural or paranormal elements, hey--sometimes I even like vampires. I like a happy ending and action and adventure and a chance for good to triumph over evil.
And you know what? Writing for the YA market, I can include any of those topics and more! I can write what I love.
So, I'm curious, why do you write what you do or read what you do? If you're a writer, would you ever abandon the genre you're currently writing for something else?