A couple weeks ago I started lifting weights to mix things up. When I say lifting weights I’m not talking about two-hundred pound barbells or anything because first, that’s more than me and I don’t think I could anyway and second, I don’t want to look like a sumo wrestler. I got one of those exercise balls to balance on while I’m writing and while I was shopping I decided to pick up some four pound hand weights. I’ve been working out with them and while I can’t actually tell a huge difference in my arms, I feel better and more limber and all because I added a little change to my workout routine. I also think my posture has improved but that’s thanks to the giant exercise ball I’ve managed to master. Sort of. I still fall off it sometimes ;)
As a reader and a writer, I like to mix things up. I definitely have my go-to authors that are on auto buy (Lisa Marie Rice, Sherrilyn Kenyon) and there are certain genres that I’ve been reading since I was nineteen (romantic suspense) that I can almost guarantee will always top my book buying scales. But, if I read a good review or a friend recommends an author to me that’s not in my ‘normal’ reading genre, I’ll give them a try. I’m rarely disappointed.
A couple years ago I discovered erotic science fiction, something I NEVER thought I’d read and now Nathalie Gray is one of my fave authors. If you don’t know who she is, she’s got a little something for everyone so check her out pronto! For a while I contemplated trying to write a short story in that genre and even though I think it’s important for authors to break out of their comfort zone once in a while, it didn’t feel natural so I tucked that dream away for the time being. Instead I decided to combine my two loves: romantic suspense and the paranormal. Even though I’ve got a paranormal werewolf series at Ellora’s Cave (under my alter ego), they’re all novellas, so I’ve recently started working on a single title in the same genre (not erotic romance though). It’s off to a good start (or I think it is) so for now, I’m enjoying stretching my brain muscles ;)
What about y’all? Have you ever picked up a new genre to get out of a reading slump? Did it send you running back to your faithful genres or did you discover something new? What about you writers? Did you try something new and discover a new love?