Most writers know that they wanted to write at some point. As one of my friends recently told me, "You have to have that bug, I guess." But I'm always curious as to what it is that draws people to write in certain genres. Is it just that we write what we like to read?
I write women's fiction. I guess you could call it chick lit, although that terms seems to imply froth. Humorous women's fiction, to clarify. (Although the humor part is entirely subjective.) When the right amount of snark is combined with the hopes and dreams and worries and challenges of a woman, I love it. That's what I like to read, and it's what I like to write. Not to mention the fact that by writing it, I get to live vicariously through my characters! For me, it doesn't get any better than Marian Keyes. Other long-time and unfailing favorites in the genre are Maeve Binchy, Rosamunde Pilcher, Elizabeth Berg, Jennifer Weiner, Mary Kay Andrews, Tracy Chevalier, Anne Tyler, Barbara Kingsolver....these are authors I've read multiple books by, but I read and enjoy many, many more. (See my Goodreads profile for what I'm currently reading and what I have read.)
How did you get into what you write? YA, thrillers, mystery? What draws you to that genre and what about it especially do you like writing?