...so, recently, Kristie had a contest and gave away a copy of Justine Davis' Lord of the Storm (which we both love) and in the comments we discussed how much we used to enjoy Ms. Davis' books but now...not so much. I loved the few sci-fi things she did and her early Desires and SIMs were excellent. She is still writing and still writing romantic suspense but the feel of the books is different. I'm not sure if it is that the suspense is outweighing the romance or just a difference in tone or what. But I don't enjoy her more recent stuff and it's such a shame (for me...because it's all about me LOL)!
Anywho, it started me thinking about some other authors that I have that same feeling about. Like Cait London - I loved her Desires. They were so warm and filled with whimsy. Fabulous! But now she writes Gothic-y romantic suspense that I don't care for at all. Serial killers. Stalkers. Ick! Where's the whimsy? Where's the fun and the warmth? Or, what about Linda Lael Miller? I loved her Desires too (yup, I used to read lots of categories of all sorts) - Escape from Cabriz! Glory, Glory! So good - and hot! ;-) And her vampires! Remember when she wrote vampire books?? They were amazing! But then she went in a different direction (less hot, for example) and I didn't enjoy her stuff. And, yes you western fans, I know she's been doing westerns and that's fine...but she did westerns before and the feel is different now. :o)
I know people change and their interests change and that's fine - how boring would we be if we stayed the same forever? But a writing style seems like it would be so much a basic part of the writer that it would be incredibly difficult to change (evolve yes, drastic jump no). I know I had a English Comp professor who did not like my writing style (and graded me accordingly) and strongly suggested I change it. How?? I just took the bad grades. The next semester a different prof loved my writing style and used my assignments as good examples. Go figure. But I digress...
I'm not bashing or complaining (at least, not exactly complaining)...I'm just wondering why the change? What happened? A question for the ages, I'm sure. :o)
Okay, I'm finished rambling. Anyone have any examples or insight?