One of the things I've learned in writing -- just because you love to read a certain genre, does not mean you were meant to write it!
I grew up reading Stephen King. A LOT of Stephen King. Why? Because when that man is on his game he can write scenarios so eerie it makes your skin want to crawl into your body to hide. And I was that strange kid who liked being scared by movies, ghost stories, and such. "Nightmare on Elm Street" was one of my favorite movies growing up (though I always cried over what happened to Johnny Depp) So, naturally, when I first started writing I kept trying to steer my stories towards the "horror" realm.
Only I quickly discovered a problem -- I SUCK at writing horror stories! Truly. My horror was never scary, so much as melodramatic. Stephen King, even in his nicest moments, would have laughed 'til he had tears in his eyes if he read my early attempts at manuscripts. (This level of suckitude is probably why I never made it to the end of a story before)
Then, thanks to massive crush on Brad Pitt in the mid-nineties (who am I kidding, I still have a pretty big crush), I can't tell you the number of times I watched "Interview With The Vampire". I worked at a movie theater in those days, so I could see any movie I wanted without paying a penny. Perks! Although, what started out as an appreciation for Brad's pretty face, turned into a huge fascination with the portrayal of the vampire world Anne Rice had created. I bought all the books in the Vampire Chronicles and devoured them. (To this day Lestat is still my all-time favorite fictional character)
Anyway, what that taught me (smooches for you, Brad) is that while horror was something I really enjoyed reading . . . paranormal/ fantasy stories, with a bit of a dark edge to them, were the type of ideas my mind could conjure and create without trying to force it -- hence the melodrama disappeared from my writing. This is the genre that I was MEANT to write in, at least for this stage in my life.
So I'm curious for you all ... What genre do you typically write? And have you always written those types of stories, or did you make a switch as well?