I often hear from readers that they’re struck by the fact that none of my books are alike. And while readers may like this difference, it drives publishers crazy because the publishing world wants to put authors in boxes and keep them there–that’s the whole point of “branding,” which is a huge buzzword these days.
Fortunately, branding didn’t become a buzzword until after I’d written 100 or so books, so all I had to do was shrug and say, “Well, then, brand me as an author who’s always different!”
Why? Because I get bored. Why tell the same story twice? And if I’m bored, I know my reader’s going to be bored.
Second, because I LOVE learning new things. I love research. And new books, new topics, new approaches all require research.
Third, because being different reinforces something I just read this morning in CHIPS OFF THE BUTCHER BLOCK, by Derric Johnson. “We were constantly looking for new ways to express old truths,” Derric writes. “Or rearranging old concepts in new packages. There just had to be a fresher way.”
Indeed. 🙂 That’s my entire raison d’etre. Why be a writer if you’re going to tell the same stories everyone else is telling? I prefer the offbeat, the parable, the quirky metaphor. Let me share the oldest and best story–that God loves the world so much that he gave his only son–but let me do it in unexpected ways.
God doesn’t use a cookie cutter in his creation. Why should we?