The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same. Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation. Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all. Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!
What genre would you like to write in that you don’t write already?
I currently write paranormal romance in dark fantasy worlds or with heavy dark fantasy influence. This is weird for me to say since I initially thought I wrote dark fantasy, but since my concentration is mostly on paired characters, calling it para-romance makes much more sense. I want to go farther down the dark ladder and work in the horror genre, specifically cosmic horror a la Lovecraft (though HP is one of my more problematic faves ugh). Dark fantasy has touches of horror, broaching the subject of the abyss without going all the way inside. It often suggests the greater darkness or lays the path to it for the reader, watcher, or player to find if they poke hard enough to shake the deep ones.
Mystery is another genre I want to explore though arguably every story is a mystery. If they weren’t then we wouldn’t have spoilers :p At the risk of sounding trite, though, I would like to pen something where the main character is a detective or PI especially since I have an idea for an MC in mind who is (hopefully) not cliched. I should get bonus points since one of my planned mysteries is also a cosmic horror story. I just don’t know what the mind melting reveal will be…yet.
What genre would you love to attempt that you don’t already write in? How challenging do you think it would be for you?
I look forward to your answers in the comments!