It all started so simply with an idea for a story that I wanted to tell. To be honest, I am not even really sure when I started to get the idea for The Gospel of Adam, but I do know that over time it grew in my mind until I could not ignore it any longer. That is when I knew I needed to write the story. I admit when I first started writing Adam I didn't know if it was going to be just that one story or if I was going to have other ideas. Surprisingly, it did not take too long into the writing process before I started to have other ideas for stories, characters, and situations. The problem was, some were entirely different than Adam in style and more importantly, in genre.
At first I was glad to have so many ideas forming in my mind about what else I could write in the future. It felt like a clear sign to me that writing was not only what I wanted to do, but might actually be what I was meant to do with my life. Then, as I started thinking about how far removed from Adam these new ideas were I started to get concerned. I wondered if I should try to pick one genre and just work on those stories while ignoring the others. I worried that with The Gospel of Adam being the first book I was writing that I shouldn't write anything other than Christian fiction or maybe I should stop writing Adam and decide to work on a different story. Looking back now I have to laugh a bit at having those concerns. I find it especially humorous now as I made a point of writing Sarah's Savage Sleep as my second book for the sole purpose of changing genres. This choice was made in part because of wanting to attempt writing in a broader genre, but also because I personally wanted to write something different. Those worries have faded as I have come to understand that I have a lot of different interests and enjoy a wide range of books. I think that can be said about a lot of people and if that is the case why should I limit myself to only one genre when I have stories covering many fields. Besides, I could always use different pen names for each genre if I wanted. Still, I believe that it is a good thing to have a mind that enjoys as many genres as possible and that should be embraced and celebrated without having to use pen names. That being said, don't worry, if I decide to use other names in the future, I promise you will be the first, or maybe the second or third or fourth to know, just after I tell all of my pen names. Until then, read whatever makes you happy!!!