Since I started to write fiction, I’ve heard time and time again that the genre you need to write in is the genre you read and usually you want to write in the one you read the most because you are most familiar with the format.
For me that genre would be romance. I like all versions of it: contemporary, historical, contemporary suspense, historical suspense. I’ve been reading romances since I was thirteen-years-old. So naturally you’d assume when I started to write my first fiction book that it would have been a romance. That’s what I did. And then the more I wrote it the more it didn’t feel like a romance but something I was totally unfamiliar with. I continued to ask for assistance in helping me figure out what genre I wrote in and lo and behold it was women’s fiction (WF). I had no idea what was even required in a book like this until one day I started to read a critique I received back and someone really nice took the time to explain it to me. I kind of had one of those awe-ha moments.
I’ll be honest, I still don’t read a lot of women’s fiction, but I do understand the genre so much better now and can see why I’ve been lead in this direction as I can relate to the down to earth issues that WF deals with.