As a reader and a writer, my interests have always been all over the place. If I was pressed to decide on two categories, I’d say they fall in mostly history and science fiction. I’m working on a historical romance right now. But I’m also (kind of off/on, kind of simultaneously) working on a YA sci fi novel. For a while I felt horrible about this. Like, isn’t it bizarre if your brain can switch gears between the turn of the century and a space station?
I’ve pretty much accepted this bizarreness recently. Some days I want to be in history. Some days I want to be in space. Life goes on. I expect as I get closer to the end of one of these WIPs, I’ll be making a choice to focus solely on that till I get through the editing phase and move on to submitting. Don’t get me wrong–I think e-publishing is awesome and totally the wave of the future, but that doesn’t mean I’m giving up on the whole submitting-to-agents thing.
So this is my current weirdness. Say I submit both the YA sci fi and the historical romance. Say (I know we’re jumping ahead of ourselves a bit here) I get a contract for one but not the other. Since I can’t seem to settle on a genre, that would pretty much pick for me, wouldn’t it? I’m happy with either, but I find that idea incredibly strange. I can think of a few writers who work in different genres under different pseudonyms, and even a few who do different genres under the same name. But it’s not the norm.
I guess I’m an oddball. I write what I want. For now, since all my novels are unpublished, I can gleefully go on doing so.