I’m still one week behind, so I’m going to cheat and bundle the next two questions into one. The answer is pretty much the same for both of them anyway.
I’ll start with 45, which is: It’s the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001. How much do major world events influence your writing?
The answer is not at all. Even if I didn’t write fantasy, I think I wouldn’t want to include things like that, but it’s moot because I’ll never write any big political drama based on real-life events. I’d be shit at it.
Which then leaves question 44, which is: Would you ever consider writing in a genre outside your scope if you thought it would give you a better chance of exposure/financial gain?
No, I wouldn’t. Aside from the fact that, again, I’d probably be shit at it, even I am not that cynical. Call me a traditionalist, but people should write because they love to write, not because they want to rake in cash. Raking in cash is a wonderful side-effect if you’re lucky, but i’m not going to churn out dinosaur porn just because I want to be rich.
Besides, technically I write in the single most popular genre on the planet: romance. Trust me to scupper my own chances by mixing that with fantasy, which doesn’t appear to be that popular a combination…