Q. Fantasy seems to be going from strength to strength while other speculative fiction genres (with the exception of supernatural romance) still ‘struggle’ – what’s the appeal of fantasy?
I have to come at this by saying I don’t read fantasy myself and haven’t for about 15 years (if I write in a genre I can’t possibly read it) but from things my readers have said, it provides a sense of adventure and romance that simply isn’t readily available in real life.
Q. Could you see yourself just giving up writing entirely? Or, at least, when you get back into writing, doing it more on your own terms?
A: Yes, I can see giving up writing – writing does not define me, so I don’t ‘need’ to actually write. But on the other hand I can just as easily see myself producing the odd book occasionally and really enjoying it. I don’t think I will ever, under any circumstances, do a trilogy or series of books again. I just don’t have it left in me, and I don’t want to commit to that level of writing (and stress) again, but I can see myself doing stand alones every so often. I am also keen to try different genres – I would love to be able to slip into historical romance at some point. But going back into writing will be more on my own terms rather than on other people’s – be they publishers or readers. I think I want to do what I want to do, now. And who knows what that will be? 🙂 Overall, however, I am going to give other areas of my life much more attention and time. Writing will take a third or fourth seat.
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