3 years ago, when I had left theater and was looking for something new to do with my life, I turned my attention to Regency Romance novels. Clearly, I was inspired by them and tried my hand at writing them, and it turned into a career. I loved writing in the era, I loved the research, I loved being fully immersed in the period and the characters.
But recently I’ve found that I don’t even want to read Regency novels, let alone write them. What’s happening to me?? There was a time when I couldn’t put them down. I quite literally had my nose in a Regency Romance 24/7. And I don’t think it’s the market – I’m pretty sure it’s me.
What I find funny is that as I begin to think about branching out to contemporary and chick-lit, I feel almost as if I’m cheating! How silly! But I’ve been telling people I write Regency Romance for so long, what will it feel like to say “I write chick-lit.” Almost like saying the wrong name at the altar! LOL!
Of course, I have to get over it. I want to continue to write, but I’ve got myself stuck in between not wanting to write Regency and not wanting to cheat on it. Ha! I’m one mixed up broad, huh?
How about you? Have you genre-hopped? Did you feel like you were cheating, or was it an easy move for you? Did the switch prove to be a positive move for your career?