As a speed reader, I voraciously devour books - which means I need LOTS of them. It also developed in me a love of almost all books. The only genre I don't enjoy are Westerns. If a book is good, no matter the genre, it'll satisfy me. I like to bop between historicals, contemporaries, paranormals, memoirs and mysteries. The contrast keeps everything fresh. However, many readers have a strong preference to a single genre - and I certainly wouldn't fault their loyalty.
So it was with great trepidation I embarked on a genre jump. I write contemporary romance, verging on romantic comedy. A dash of suspense thrown in to keep the plot moving, but firmly contemporary. However.....my current work in progress is (gasp!) a paranormal. It maintains the light, romantic comedy feel, but with ghosts and demons and fallen angels tossed into the mix.
I don't want to pull a Nora Roberts/JD Robb or Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle just to sell it. Pen names aren't my thing (probably due to my complete lack of modesty). What I would like is for my current readers to to make that hop, skip & a jump over to the paranormal side to read this one. And, of course, to introduce lovers of the paranormal to my previous releases. Am I asking too much? Is the divide too great to cross? Or is it possible that, as long as I write an entertaining book, it won't matter the genre?