When you look at the big scheme of things, I'm fairly new to the world of writing and publishing. I've been writing seriously for about six years now. I have friends who have been writing ten, fifteen years and more, some who are still trying to get published.
There was a steep learning curve the first few years and I count myself lucky every day that I got published. One of the things I was told by those in the 'know' was not to switch genres for a few years. However....I've never been good at following the 'rules'. ;-)
As you probably know, I started my career writing fantasy - The Faerie Ring Series - but I like to read a variety of genres, so I wondered - wouldn't other people, as well? I mean, if they like my writing in one genre - they might like it in another, right?
I guess we'll find out when my YA contemporary, THE LAST DANCE, releases after the first of the year.
Here's a short passage from the book after Kellen's been injured and he's still in the hospital. His best friends, Ollie and CJ, have just been allowed to see him:
“Hey, buddy. How ya doin’?” Ollie sauntered in with that easy walk of his and leaned over the bed guardrail to grab my left hand and shake it. I wondered if they’d told him about my right hand because he’d never grabbed my left hand before in his life.