Do you take kindly to your favourite authors switching genres? Do you begrudge them the days they spend writing thrillers instead of working on their next historical? Or when it's a favourite author of yours, will you read anything they write in any genre?
This topic is top on my mind right now because I have a romantic comedy releasing from Carina Press next week. Bang in the middle of my two medieval scottish romances - Betrayed released last year and The Devil of Jedburgh releases next February.
I'm throwing a pre-launch party on my blog this week, giving away party bags of the book and Amazon gift vouchers, so please stop by to join in the fun :):)
Right, back on topic... While I was scrutenizing my reading experiences, I realised that many of the historical authors I read tend to genre-hop to suspense/thriller rather than straight contemporary. Maybe that's just me and I need broaden my reading circle, lol. Maybe it's a natural co-habiting genre because many historical romances do contain suspense elements - there's nearly always a dastardly villian ready to kidnap or torment the heroine.
So, my random thoughts on this...
One of my all time favourite historical romance authors is Judith McNaught, but until a year ago I'd never read any of her contemporaries. Then my mother sent an old contemporary of hers my way, Remember When, and, oh gosh, I really couldn't get into it. I do want to try her widely acclaimed novel, Paradise, and hope for better luck.
I can read Julie Garwood across the board, no matter the genre, I love this woman.
So, I guess, I fall into the category of not automatically following authors across genres, but I do like to give them a try.
One real win for me was Karen Marie Moning. I absolutely love her Highlander series and, because of this, I dipped my toes into the paranormal genre (which I'd been avidly avoiding). But I love her so much, I was willing to give her Fever series a shot, and oh boy - she got me well and truly hooked not only on her Fever series, but on the entire paranormal genre.
I'd love to hear your experiences and thoughts of following authors across genres and if it worked out for you.