When a relative – the same one I’d mentioned last week – messaged me yesterday through Instagram that she wanted me to suggest which of my novels she might read first, I had no choice really. I had to talk about them directly…
Simply having a story to tell is not enough.
Why as a writer bother with a several times a week blog? Isn’t it a distraction? Isn’t it a hassle?
Remember Jane Austen, for one, certainly did not possess any degree; she barely even set a foot in what we consider a school.
My favorite men in novels? That was actually a much tougher question to answer because as I thought about it I realized I tend to find women characters more interesting.
We want to do it because we love it and hope readers will love what we do; when you love something the rational goes out the window; we are sure the next book will be THE BOOK…
As the world turns. A blog post is often how I start my day, and by 9 or 10 AM I am often immersed in what I am supposed to be writing for eventual novel publication.
Novels are (to me) about a snapshot in time. Readers are dropped among “these people” for perhaps hundreds of pages. Abruptly they are then dragged away and are now unable to witness the goings on any longer.
Thank you for these five years, and many best wishes, wherever you are in our world. 🙂
In a restaurant in 1939 Germany, thirty-ish American foreign service officer “Leslie Slote” and young American twenties-something expat “Byron Henry” – who had just returned from the chaos of Poland during the German invasion weeks earlier – fall into discussing anti-Semitism…
That is the sort of thing that comes from my approach to each day: “So, friends, what are we going to do today?” I consider what might be “happening” with “them.” And then I may just run with whatever comes to my mind.
As readers, true, we all want to get to “the good parts.” Yet all parts should be, in their ways, “good parts.”
I believe we seek in the past not only what happened then, but are looking for answers to dilemmas of our present: How did they handle similar problems?
If you think I’m going to be revealing any of the real-life people I know who may be the basis for, or whom I drew upon for, the fictional characters? I won’t be doing that anytime soon. (Do I appear to be completely insane?)
What Americans celebrate today is not national perfection, but independence as a nation-state.