>> "Naturally, in the stories I wrote, I kept veering toward the styles I liked to read"

>> "I stopped writing some years ago, since it's clearly not what most readers want"

I too write the kind of stories I like to read, which guarantees there's at least one reader for me. And I never bothered what most readers want :-)

More on that: https://anilsroyal.medium.com/the-unnatural-story-teller-54267e48fcfc

Short story writer and film maker.