Your a big-time writer, you wrote 7 thriller books. After the seventh is printed you retire. But you feel you cant stay retired and you need to write another book. This is it now, your big career comeback.......what do you write about? Stick with thrillers? If so what about? Change the style? If so, what to?
Ascend, may you find no resistance Know that you've made such a difference And all you leave behind will live to the end
The cycle of suffering goes on But the memories of you stay strong Someday I too will fly and find you again
As long as I could affiord to do so, the answer is simply - anything I wanted
As a returning successful author with (Presumably) a fan base, I'd want to do something my old fans would not feel completely alienated by, but that might attract me new fans. no writer can ever have too many readers
I find it more creatively rewarding to do whatever more interests and/or challenges me at the time. Commercial reward is nice, but I think it's more important to do what's artistically rewarding.
Sure, you can keep with a formula that's commercially successful. But that's also a creative rut waiting to happen. For me, it's more important to look to the next project and the next big idea.
Ideally, a middle ground between the two would be nice. But if I was forced to choose, I'd want to do something different by that stage. If the experiment doesn't work out, I could then try something else. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.