Brain candy, Pamela, what a wonderful post, and it got me thinking.
A few years ago, the big five publishing houses began cutting their cozy lines. A lot of wonderful writers and their series found themselves without homes. It seemed as if a sea change was underway. Lighthearted reading was out. Dark thrillers were in.
Readers responded with letter writing campaigns. Big houses relented in some cases and were intractable in others. Fingers pointed in every direction. Cozy sales were good, but they didn’t carry their weight in publishing land. At least that was my takeaway. Cozies sold in the lower-priced e-book categories not in the beefier trade and hardbound categories. Fortunately, most writers either took matters into their own hands and went indie or were able to find other homes.
Back to brain candy. As a writer, my genre has been the traditional mystery. I’m not big on putting blood and guts on the page, but I don’t shy away from them. I like to dig deep into a mystery, and explore all sides of uncomfortable topics. Note the past perfect tense. I still like to plot those mysteries, but lately, my passion has been writing cozy mysteries. Gentle, blood off the page, quirky character, small town, mysteries. The clues are hidden in human interactions not on the world stage.
While my writing style has been changing, my reading material has been, too. Reading the comments on Pam’s post yesterday made me realize I’m not alone in that. Is this another sea change we’re looking at? The world right now is a more uncomfortable place than it has been for a long time. Are we compensating with our choice of reading material?
Writers, has your writing style changed recently?
Readers, have you changed your reading material?