Write what you know is the maxim often bandied about at workshops for wannabe best-selling authors. Read in the genre that you want to write. Write in the genre that you read. Base your fiction upon your knowledge and experience.
If - IF - we accept that premise then can a man write successfully from a female point of view, and vice versa? The answer, of course, is yes. But only if that author can immerse himself in the character and speak convincingly on their behalf.
Shameless plug time:
It's easy to be shameless when what you're plugging is actually someone else's work. The Demented Lady Detectives' Club by Jim Williams is a cozy mystery written from a female point of view. To pull off something like this needs a lifetime's experience of the fairer sex and Jim, in all fairness, is as old as Methuselah so if anyone can do it he's the man.
I have nothing else to add except the description of the book.
In the pretty Devonshire town of Dartcross an elderly lady diarist
struggles with her memory to write a history of her colourful past, her
hateful cat and her murderous husband. At the same time, Janet
Bretherton and her friend Belle try to discover a purpose to their
retirement. Is it enough to discuss the latest novels in their readers’
group, go to the theatre or attend a séance? Perhaps, instead, they
should try to solve the mystery of the dead Polish man whose body is
found by the river?
The Demented Lady Detectives’ Club is both a whodunit and a funny
yet poignant account of a group of women growing old and seeking love
and meaning in both the past and the present. The unnamed lady diarist
finally faces up to the horror she has buried in her memory and the love
she has lost. And Janet has to deal with the tender feelings she is
still capable of evoking in a man who is twenty years her junior.
The Demented Lady Detectives' Club is now available in paperback and e-book on Amazon. If you are a book reviewer and would like to read it then contact Marble City Publishing for a review copy.