It's a question I get asked a lot. And before I started writing, it seemed like a pretty simple one to answer.
I love YA fantasy, so I'll write YA fantasy. But the truth is that I end up writing whatever my muse tells me to. But, to keep from coming off like a crazy person to non-authors, my answer has been the ever intelligent "Umm...Yes?"
YA Fantasy is my passion and my primary focus. But along the way, I've also written pieces focused on adults, dabbled in non-fiction, told some ghost stories, written a few religious pieces, and now I've finished my first murder/comedy story.
Any author worth her salt will tell you that to be successful in this business you need to read. A lot. Read as many styles and genres as you can, not just your favorites. But I can't help but wonder if (and hope) the same is true for writing. Most of the things I write will never be published, and that's okay. They're helping me refine my own unique style, and every piece helps me learn something. Even if that some thing is "I should never try this style again."
What are your thoughts?