We tend in our 21st century to consider reading a silent and private endeavor. Yet for most of history reading was far more social than it is today.
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.
I recall being assigned it in graduate school (too long ago now) in a course on Russian government/history. (There’s a real shocker, eh?)
So much for “privacy,” and “controlling” and “protecting” your personal data, eh?
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…
I feel it’s a book for adults. Re-reading it I realize increasingly why I was bored with it as a teen. The issues and problems are more adult than I think register with kids.
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.
I want to begin the new year by saying “Thank you” for your readership. Some of you have stumbled upon me due to my most recent novel…
Since starting my first book in 2012 I have also written many women, so how women are portrayed generally in novels (particularly by male writers such as myself) has become of great interest to me.
Being pursued by the head of a major film studio desperate to buy the rights to your book would be “a problem” most writers would love to have.
For a Christmas post, how about a series of short – a few seconds each – videos. So you know, they contain SOUND.