I find it hard to believe, but it is true, many surveys show men prefer male action stories to female writers; while women are not really gender based readers.
I can't speak for others, but the last thing I look at is the gender of a writer- who cares? If the story looks good I'll read it. One of my favourite writers was my late friend Carol Wills. I used to look forward to her stories of the little blue tit Titus.
In my To Be Read table are books by Tammi Hoag, Kathy Reiches, Martha Gelhorn, Marie Colvin, Cherie Priest, and Cassandra Clare to name but a few.
There are male writers I won't read people like John Grisham; he is a great writer, and I admire him for that, but Law is a dry subject. I know, I studied it for a year in college, I thought of being a lawyer at one time. I doubt I'd read Clive Barker either, again a great writer, but if the film Hellraiser is anything to go by, way to creepy for me. I saw the first five minutes and it gave me the creeps for months.
As in my reading, my writing is as varied. I wrote two erotic romances https://www.draft2digital.com/book/34522 & https://www.draft2digital.com/book/32234
I wrote the hit Sci-Fi series http://alsdomain.weebly.com/forgestriker---the-hit-series.html soon to be extended.
I wrote the award winning weird science book https://www.draft2digital.com/book/32117 - http://alsdomain.weebly.com/explaining-chronicles
I write for children too https://www.draft2digital.com/book/41943 / https://www.draft2digital.com/book/50841 / http://alsdomain.weebly.com/the-peacock-writers
I may have started out at Draft2Digital with a rep for ghost stories https://www.draft2digital.com/book/32132 - http://alsdomain.weebly.com/ghostly-tales . But I am a writer, not a genre-writer