I read many many different genres of books, but I only write in one.
I love to read biographies, autobiographies, histories, humor, thrillers...the list goes on and on. For the past three years I have had a fascination with the first years of WWII - which has lead to the creation of my books. I started reading about English history (mainly the Tudors) back when I was in Grade 5. Cathedral architecture is another of my subjects - and I have spent many many hours in England's magnificent structures. You can feel the history seeping out of the stones.
But I don't write histories. Or chick lit. I write mysteries. These are the plots that come easiest to me and this has been the case for years. They come so easily that I never paid much attention to being able to do it. I wrote many 'murder nights' for various theatre companies and never gave it a second thought. After all, it was easy. It was only about 5 years ago that someone came up to me and said "You could make money doing this. Not everyone can write these things", which led to my murder mystery games (which now number 12 games and 2 scripts).
I'd like to try my hand at other genres. I've written two plays and I'd like to write more as I found the freedom of only having to write dialogue rather a relief. I can write fairly decent comedy - and comedic moments have found their way into everything I've written so far.
But I'll stick to mysteries for now - both the games and the WWII era books. Why do we gravitate to one genre? Is it our own personal history? Is it personal likes/dislikes? Or are there talented people who can write in many genres and leap nimbly between them?
It's a mystery to me....