I realize that most published authors chose one genre - I presume the one that makes most sense in terms of critical or financial success, or the one that complements their background.
However, I am just a writer who hopes to be published someday. Is there a good reason why I should not experiment with various genres? What if I write literary fiction and follow it up with a YA novel? Could that "inconsistency" turn agents off? How about publishers?
I feel drawn to both literary fiction and certain types of YA. Literary allows me to burrow deep inside the mind of my character, to feel his conflict, to live through his journey. It is the action of the mind not the body that attracts me and keeps me writing.
At the same time, I keep devouring certain YA novels (I just could not put Wintergirls/Halse Anderson down). Many of the YA novels I gravitate to, and the one I am working on myself, focus a lot on the character's development and psyche and, thus, are literary in nature. (At this point I query why I, a not so young adult, still read about the struggles of teens, most of which I never experienced myself - but that is another post).
Any thoughts on whether to mix it up or keep it simple?