The kinds of stories that I like tend to fit best in the young adult fantasy genre. And these are the kinds of stories that I actually write and that I'm trying to get published. People have told me (and they were trying to be helpful, so I'm not offended or anything) that I should write something else that I might find easier to get published.
For example, even my wife has said that maybe I should write a nonfiction book about being a SAHD.
That would be a great idea and all, but... that doesn't seem even remotely interesting to me, at this point in my life. And I can't imagine going through the hard, long journey that writing a book can be and working on something that I'm not excited about.
Right now, my writing schedule entails going out 2-3 times per week in the evenings to Starbucks, getting a cup of coffee, and having a date with my laptop. And trust me, I really like doing this. I like escaping into whatever world I'm imagining and fleshing out a story bit by bit. But it's really not a lot of time when you think about it. Occasionally I can write at other odd times, but I don't want to take too much time away from my family.
Obviously, the hope is that eventually, should I get a book published, it will help me get a job, and then my wife can quit her job to stay home with the kiddos and direct children's plays and we can live traditionally ever after. Or something like that.
But the point is this... Some peope say write what you know, I say write what you love. That's what I do. And as long as I don't have a job that supports the family (and trust me, I apply for them as I see them), that's what I'm going to do. Because, that's really all I can do.
Scott Keen is the author of three young adult fantasy novels, Scar of the Downers, Rise of the Branded, and War of the Downer King.