I've always thought that was a load of crap, in books and in life, because really who wouldn't want to have some crazy super power? But when writing books, is it better to be unique or be like everyone else?
AMARANTHINE is different from pretty much every other book I've ever read and while I think it's great to have a book that is new and different and isn't a carbon copy of 50 other books, being unique means it's hard to explain what my book is about. I can't say it's like The Road, or Harry Potter because it isn't. I have a hard time classifying it or summing up it's plot and therefore it's hard to sell it or interest people in hearing about it because I literally have to start at the bottom. If it was like Harry Potter I could target all the millions of Harry Potter fans and say 'hey if you liked that you'll like this too. ' But I can't do that.
It's a vampire novel, but there isn't actually any vampires in it. It's historical but doesn't really contain any history. It's a love story but the main characters spend the book apart from each other. It's supernatural but has no magic. So is it good for me to be unique? Not really. And that sucks.
If I was writing because I needed a paycheck then I would probably write something that I know is sellable. But I write because I have these stories in my head, and they're great stories they really are, and that is what I want to tell.
So, I'll continue to write my unclassifiable books and continue to struggle to explain their plots and I will continue to write what I love even if I die broke. But I'll never say - I wish my book was like everyone else's. And I'm o.k with that.