A few days ago a friend put out the idea of publishing a boxed set. Nothing unusual there. A lot of authors are doing it these days. Take a quick look on Amazon and you can find any number of boxed sets filled with cowboys, military men ... even a few with ghosts.
But my friend's idea was different.
She suggested a mixed set. A little bit of everything. Historical. Contemporary. Suspense. All together like a tin of mixed nuts.
The response was much like the idea itself: mixed.
But it got me to thinking. I would prefer to join the set if it were all one genre. However, what if my particular genre isn't chosen? I currently write contemporary westerns and western suspense.
What different one would I be willing to write to be included?
I think the genre I would be willing to try would be historical. It's not that far of a leap, right? I mean there are cowboys, horses and feisty heroines. I know a lot of stuff about horses. I know a ton about cowboys. That's why I write them. But I don't know a lot about history.
I hate research. Loathe it. And there is a lot of research in historicals. Just ask any historical author worth her salt.
I think a historical for me any time in the near future is out.
I don't think there's any other genre for me.
What about you? Would you try something completely out of your comfort zone?