Or can they hop between horror and romance, sci-fi and gothic? Have you gone from one genre to another? Can writers get typecast – much like actors playing a role for years in a row? Can a good writer get away with writing anything purely because they are, in fact, a good writer?
I know a couple of very talented steam punk writers – yes, Chris and Steve, I’m talking about you! Please share your thoughts on this – have you guys ever attempted another genre far removed from the steam punk and sci-fi world? How did it work? Did it come easy for you?
Take J K Rowling for example. Everyone knows of the immense popularity of her Harry Potter series but has her latest offering given the world the same reaction? Should she have stuck to what she knew best? Now, I’m certainly not knocking her as an author, she’s a very good writer but can that be all that saves us? Being a ‘good writer’? Doesn’t the knack for a certain style of writing give us that je ne sais quoi? Or, to simply ask again, do writers get typecast?