They love what I hate, and hate what I love.
I have written more that a few books, but one annoying result of all this writing is that readers seem to prefer the books of mine, which I don’t particularly like at all. Now, this poses quite a conundrum for me, doesn’t it? Should I write for me, or for them? Which would mean for me, to learn to love what I hate to write.
It seemed to have started when I decided (under pressure from my blog readers I might add) to write a bloody vampire story. Let’s get something straight here. I have no interest in, or knowledge at all about vampires, but ok, I wrote a silly story. End result; it has attracted a pile of 5 star reviews, sold heaps of copies, but embarrasses me greatly. Well, embarrass is a strong word. But I would prefer to nail my writing reputation on something more than a little blonde vampire.
Then there is a trilogy of sci-fi farce, which from my perspective gets better in book two and three, yet only book one gets the rave reviews and sales. This I struggle to comprehend, because if book one is so well liked, something must be really amiss with the other two books. My problem is that for the life of me, I don’t know what is wrong, because I especially love book two . This leave me two choices. Either I am stupid, or my readers are. But by weight of numbers, of course I must be wrong.
Then there is an even bigger shame for me. Of all the books I have written and published, the one that attracted the most reviews and five star ratings was a near 200 page collection of my silly blog posts, covering a three year period. So humiliated was I that I actually took the book down for a year and hoped it would be forgotten and ignored. Unfortunately for me, it was pirated and then downloaded squillions of times. This book just won’t go away.
Then there are a couple of stories that I like, and luckily, or conveniently, my readers seem to like too. But two out of lots is not many.
So, here is my conundrum. Do I write for me, or for my readers?
I suppose know the answer to my own question, but there is no damn way that I will write another vampire story!