Authors Answer 50 – Family Support

Another week, another Authors Answer. But before I get to that, I’m quite excited to announce that I’ve finally made a start on writing the origin story of my new hero, Ailric. He’s been lounging around in my head for a while now, but so far he’s been too lazy to come out. But on Sunday morning I was dozing in bed, and for whatever reason the opening sentence started to form, and I was quite happy with it. So it had to come out, and I’ve actually written about a full page since then! This is quite an achievement at the moment, because the muse has not been very active lately.

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Authors Answer 48 – Writing and Publishing isn’t all fun

Haha, don’t I know it! Back in the day I had it in my head that I’d put out my book, and not too long after that I’d be a millionaire. Well, maybe not a millionaire, but I’d get some decent dough, right? If EL James can do it, surely I can too?

Ha! EL James cheated by insinuating herself into a Twihard community whose questionable tastes in books clearly did not prevent them from having altogether too much money to spend on said questionable books.

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Authors Answer 47 – Portraying Cultures in Fiction

An interesting question this week, though I don’t think I can say too much about it from my own experience. The question is: How do you portray different cultures in your writing?

The thing is that my three books so far represent one culture. Arlennis is one country – pretty big, but still only one country. To the north there’s icy wasteland, to the south there’s a desert, there’s an impenetrable jungle in the east and a vast ocean to the west, making it a very isolated country. That was all entirely deliberate – I’m not saying there are no other countries in the world, I’ve just not explored that option any further.

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Authors Answer 44 & 45 – Changing Genre & Real World Influences

I’m still one week behind, so I’m going to cheat and bundle the next two questions into one. The answer is pretty much the same for both of them anyway.

I’ll start with 45, which is: It’s the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001. How much do major world events influence your writing?

The answer is not at all. Even if I didn’t write fantasy, I think I wouldn’t want to include things like that, but it’s moot because I’ll never write any big political drama based on real-life events. I’d be shit at it.

Which then leaves question 44, which is: Would you ever consider writing in a genre outside your scope if you thought it would give you a better chance of exposure/financial gain?

No, I wouldn’t. Aside from the fact that, again, I’d probably be shit at it, even I am not that cynical. Call me a traditionalist, but people should write because they love to write, not because they want to rake in cash. Raking in cash is a wonderful side-effect if you’re lucky, but i’m not going to churn out dinosaur porn just because I want to be rich.

Besides, technically I write in the single most popular genre on the planet: romance. Trust me to scupper my own chances by mixing that with fantasy, which doesn’t appear to be that popular a combination…

Find out what other people thought here and here on Jay Dee’s blog.


Authors Answer 43 – Promoting the Book

This will be a very, very short post. The question is: What do people have to say about book promotions and what route works best for them?

Basically, I hate book promotions. Not the concept of them, I am just utterly shite at promoting my books. So I cannot tell you what route works best for me; I’ve had moderate success with Amazon’s ‘put up your book for free’ deals but that’s about it. And when I say moderate, I mean I’ve pushed some books, but got sweet FA in return – no reviews, no nothing.

Seriously, if you want good advice on how to promote your book, check out Pauline M Ross’ blog. Specifically this post, which has some good general advice.

Now I’m off, I have editing duties.

ETA: Oops, forgot to tag Jay Dee’s original post!

Authors Answer 42 – To be PC or not to be PC

I suppose someone had to bring up the subject sometime. Political correctness. Always a touchy subject. For the record, the actual question is: Does political correctness have a place in your writing?

I’m going to give this a cautious no. Cautious, because I don’t go out of my way to insult people or groups of people. I just don’t actively try to avoid it either. Continue reading