It's been my experience that one can find some interesting things when travelling off the beaten path. It's no different in the writing world.
I've also noticed that people, myself included, can be quite narcissistic. We should all take a moment to consider the following wise words...
"It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring."
- Alfred Adler
With these two things in mind, I would like to introduce you to a couple of authors who can be found off the beaten path.
Tonya R. Moore
Influenced by writers like Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Anne Mccaffrey, Larry Niven, Gene Roddenberry and Frank Herbert, this expatriated Jamaican writes fiction of a particular beauty. Her main focus seems to be on speculative fiction (Sci-Fi), but she also writes poetry.
She posts all sorts of free-to-read fiction. Check her out.
Peter J. Yakel
A talented musician and an author, Yakel is best described in his own words...
My books an' music are like possum stew. Literary masterpieces an' compositions are like filet mignon. Some folk enjoy that there filet, but pert near ever'body eats possum.
Listen to samples of his music and read reviews about his novel The Legend of Juggin' Joe at the above-listed URL.
Take the time to discover new and interesting authors, and don't ignore the independents. Support both traditional and independent authors.
One of the places you can discover great fiction is at http://www.thedeepening.com. It's a wonderful site dedicated to introducing to the best in all genres.