I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about genres and writing. I’ve also been looking at sales numbers and reviews. One thing I’m seeing is that the market has shifted. Honestly, I’m surprised it didn’t do it a couple of years ago. Normally the market shifts every three years. It’s long overdue. What does this latest shift mean? It means that readers are moving away from paranormal (not all readers), but enough to notice.
So what does this mean for me? It means some changes in the line up of my various projects. I had a lot of different paranormal romance projects that I’d intended to work on, along with a romantic suspense that I already started. I’m moving those new paranormals to the back burner. I will still be re-releasing my Dead World series and will probably have a prequel to add to it, but other than that, the only paranormals I’ll be writing will be my YA’s and urban fantasies (ie Ghost Hunter follow up and the follow up to my Blood Lite 2 story).
Like a lot of authors, I have MULTIPLE folders that contain a plethora of story ideas in various genres (ie historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, young adult, sci-fi romance, thriller/suspense, and paranormal romance). Most of them contain partials or synopses for books. Some of my contemporaries were originally aimed at Harlequin. Some I’d put together for Kensington Brava, but never submitted. My contemporaries tend to fall into two different categories. They’re either humorous or suspenseful. For me, there’s really nothing in between. One thing I will not be writing is a Fifty Shades of Whatever. I don’t really read those types of books. They don’t do a whole lot for me. But for the folks who do, more power to you. If I do return to paranormal romance at the end of the year (or next year, which is more likely), it’ll be with some unusual/very different stories.
In the meantime, I’ll finish Aidan’s Mate and release it before I head to the UK. But like I said, it’ll be the last original paranormal romance from me for a while (other than the prequel to the Dead World). I’m going to spend the rest of this year working on/in genres I haven’t tried before. I’m curious to see what the change will do to my writing and my creativity. I know this will disappoint some readers. For that, I am sorry, but I hope you understand.