|Frozen Hot Chocolate from Green Pastures in Austin, Tx
(Yes… I take pictures of my desserts!)
Anyone else out there a dessert-a-holic like me? Seriously… it’s a problem. I don’t have favorite dishes at restaurants, I have favorite desserts. In particular, I’m a chocolate junkie. But there are times when I could go for a good fruit dessert or maybe flan. While I’m generally loyal to chocolate, it’s possible to tempt me away.
As a reader/writer, I have similar cravings for different genres. Most of the time I stick to my favorite chocolate – romance. But I’m frequently tempted to try something different, though still in the chocolate line (chocolate covered strawberries maybe?). In book world, these are paranormal romance for me. And then there are the times I’m tempted to try something completely different – dystopian, young adult, general women’s literature, fantasy, even a good biography or historical.
As a reader (and an eater), this really isn’t a problem. I can hop around all I want. But as a writer, the limitations of time as well as my personal strengths and interests, mean that I need to be a little more selective. I can’t eat every dessert on the tray!
Frankly, I feel the romance side is the area where I have the most potential. It’s also what I prefer most as a reader. It’s my chocolate. Consequently, in the interest of my waist line (and sanity), I’ve decided focus primarily on the paranormal and contemporary romance genres as a writer. I’ll just have to sample the other desserts (um… genres) as a reader only.
I’ll let you know how the contemporary romance turns out. I probably won’t self-publish that one as I attempt to break into traditional publishing. And, of course, I’m also working on the next Shadowcat Nation (writing) and Black Orchid (editing).