So let’s talk…
I’ve been a signed author since August 2017. Starting off as an Urban author in an industry full of other urban authors, was tough. I had to stay consistent, keep my stories interesting, interact with readers, and continue to deliver something new every time. All that is simple really. I have so many different thoughts running through my head all the time that sometimes I wished my brain would shut down and be quiet at times. My books do fairly well. I have been a full-time author for a year now and even though some months are better than others I’m hanging in there. So if everything is so perfect why am I writing this post? Simple.
Just because you are good at something doesn’t mean it’s your passion. Now don’t get me wrong I LOVE writing books. I love creating stories for people to enjoy. The rush of creating a story and playing the story out is a rush I never want to go away but still, something was off. I hardly ever get negative reviews about my books being written bad or the storyline not being good. I’m not bragging either. I’m just stating facts. The only issue is I didn’t realize that writing Urban books was something I did but it wasn’t something that I realized wasn’t me until I stepped out the box.
Last month I put out a book called “When Love Becomes A Need” Click the link below to check it out:
Anyways this was a romance book where I had to focus on the characters and their issues. I had to build the relationships and bonds between only two people. I had to make the readers fall in love and relate to them & guess what? I did that! This the was the first book of mine in the two years I been writing that hit #1. It got a lot of positive feedback and I received love and support for this book as well. When it came to this book I wrote it from a personal place. A lot of the main heroine’s issues were ones I struggled with now. They were my feelings on paper in a love story. The book flowed effortlessly.
It was refreshing not to have to throw in nonsense drama, random shootings, a baby mama, and all the extra stuff that urban readers enjoy. A lot of women also wrote me telling me they could relate to the heroine and the issues she was dealing with. That made me happy because at the end of the day I write because I love it but I also want to write for a purpose. I wanted to connect to people outside of writing with this book and I did that.
Now does that mean I’m done with Urban? HELL NO! I love urban stories but I now realize I don’t want to write about them ALL THE TIME. At some point, it gets draining. I felt refreshed, reenergized when I wrote Fatima and Ahmad’s story (those are the main characters), my mind felt charged. My next story was more urban and it flowed so well because I had that mental break.
So now I know romance is my thing. I love building bonds and developing them as well as my characters. Something I encourage all authors is to try and step out the box and try a different genre. You never know what might hit. I never want to be boxed in as just an urban author, because there is more to me than that. The next thing I want to tackle is mystery books, I always loved them growing up and I think once I figure out “The formula” behind them I’ll be able to write one.
Authors, what genre do you want to try? Let’s talk in the comments!