Frequently Asked Question: What genre would be the worst one for you to tackle and why?

insecure2bwriters2bsupport2bgroup2bbadgeToday’s question comes from the Insecure Writers’ Support Group. It’s actually one I’ve thought about.

The answer is: hard sci-fi. Why? I don’t like reading it, and my heart wouldn’t be in it if I tried to write it. It’s almost always a tech-based version of the hero’s journey, and it’s just not my bag.

Rose in BloomI far prefer character-based tales, like my new novella, Rose in Bloom, for both reading and writing. You can pre-order Rose in Bloom at this link; if your favorite retailer isn’t there yet, keep checking. More sales outlets are coming on line each day. Also, if you opt to order from Barnes & Noble, be sure to use code PREORDER25 when you check out; you’ll get a discount. The official release date is Nov. 1, 2022.

So now you know.

Frequently Asked Question: When you set out to write a story, do you try to be more original or do you try to give readers what they want?

insecure2bwriters2bsupport2bgroup2bbadgeToday’s question is from the Insecure Writers’ Support Group.

Honestly, I think writing to market or, for that matter, assuming you can write in any genre that’s popular is a mistake.

First, “the market” is notoriously fickle. Who’s to say that WWII stories, for instance, will still be the going thing by the time you finish writing yours? And romance publishing house editors say they can always tell when someone has written a story because they think the genre is popular rather than actually loving it. The insincerity comes across on the page.

Write what you love. Tell the story that makes your heart sing. Don’t try to be someone you aren’t; most people can spot a faker a mile away.

Frequently Asked Question: What book world would you like to be in?

This month’s question comes from the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

insecure2bwriters2bsupport2bgroup2bbadgeHonestly, it reminds me of Jasper Fforde‘s Thursday Next series. Thursday has to go into books to fix errors in them (characters are doing things that change the stories, and she has to get them back to normal). The better read you are, the funnier these books become. It’s all very complicated and entertaining.

However, Thursday discovers, among other things, that there are no toilets as no one in the book ever goes to the restroom.

Which brings me to today’s question. Escaping into a book for a while is one of my greatest joys. Still, I can’t think of one I’d actually like to live in.

Frequently Asked Question: Writer’s Block

Today’s question comes from the Insecure Writers Support Group.

When the going gets tough writing the story, how do you keep yourself writing to the end? If you have not started the writing yet, why do you think that is and what do you think could help you find your groove and start? 

insecure2bwriters2bsupport2bgroup2bbadgeI don’t write chronologically for the most part; I write scene by scene and put them where they need to go.

Like many, I have dealt with ambient trauma since 2017 … except I didn’t always recognize it. That trauma was compounded by COVID-19. I have a manuscript that I started in 2020 that still isn’t complete.

Yet, I also have a novella with a beta reader. The idea came to me and the words flowed.

I have learned to be a little more gentle with myself. I don’t try to force words that aren’t there. I work on something else.

Frequently Asked Question: Can You Hear Me Now?

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Hi, everyone. Today’s question comes from the Insecure Writers Support Group:

insecure2bwriters2bsupport2bgroup2bbadgeHave any of your books been made into audio books? If so, what is the main challenge in producing an audiobook?

I have two audiobooks: The Rock Star in the Mirror and Clytie’s Caller (three if you count that I have a story in Dark Visions). I didn’t do the production myself, so the biggest challenge was finding the right narrator.

smartmockups-khf02bfr_origWith Clytie’s Caller, it was easy: Stevie Zimmerman was the perfect voice, and I knew it right away. With The Rock Star in the Mirror, the audition process was lengthy. I was pretty sure that Matt Haynes was  the right person, but then came another audition that knocked my socks off. I ultimately gave both Matt and the other actor a second script to read in character; it was Matt’s spot-on David Bowie impersonation that landed him the role.