You know, it’s crazy. If you try to build psychological profiles of authors in your mind based on their works, you might come to the conclusion they’re some of the blood-thirstiest, most creatively-evil people in the world. Law enforcement agencies the world over assuredly have them on watch lists because of the odd little things they’re drawn to research, like making bombs out of household items, Babylonian plague demons and how much over-the-counter analgesic can kill when combined with alcohol… Ahem…
Well, I can’t speak for all authors or all conductors of such searches, but I can say that the writers I know are pretty awesome people, having gotten their aggressions out on imaginary characters.
Writing is not polite. Or anyway, it shouldn’t be. Whether you’re writing humor or horror, prose needs to reveal something very true and basic at its core, something that the reader can identify with, [...]
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There was a minor kerfluffle on Twitter, blogs (like here on The Mary Sue), and elsewhere yesterday because a children’s shirt of The Guardians of the Galaxy included every major character but the female, Gamora. The explanation given by the company, “It’s a boy’s shirt.” As usual when something gets me all worked up, I have so many initial responses that they sort of bottle-neck up and I have trouble getting the words out.
But let me try.
No, no, no, no, no, no, no! (*sung operatically as Queen might do*)
It’s a boy’s shirt. Really?
Now, I know that I’m here to talk about writing. Or maybe my new release—actually two of them in a series featuring a kick-ass female who can, literally, stop men in their tracks. Or stop women. Her power isn’t particular. AND HERE’S MY THING—there are people who will never pick up these books because [...]
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I debated the opening of this post about a zillion times. Do I start by asking whether you know how many assumptions you make in a day? It’s a silly question. Of course you don’t. Without even thinking about it, you assume your orange juice will taste like oranges, that your coffee or tea will taste as it always has…unless you’ve that day forgotten the sugar…that the sky will be blue or some variation thereof… The point is that we make countless assumptions on a daily basis, based on our experiences and expectations.
Novelists do the same. I’m rereading my second novel now (VAMPED, the first in my series by the same name) because the rights have reverted, and I’m going to be bringing out a new digital edition. And you know what…I felt so deeply the connection between my two main characters, I expected the readers to feel it [...]
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I can be subtle, really I can. (Waiting for the laughter to die down.) So you might not have noticed how excited I am about the release of KICKING IT, an anthology of all new stories by real powerhouses in urban fantasy who were kind enough to invite me along. I was thrilled to do a story in my Latter-Day Olympians world because a) I love it and b) I got to torture my heroine by putting her in silver booty-shorts and Plexiglas stiletto heels. She’s now out for my blood, but if you read the story, I think you’ll find it a worthy trade-off.
Those of you who haven’t read my Latter-Day Olympians series (BAD BLOOD, CRAZY IN THE BLOOD and RISE OF THE BLOOD, with BATTLE FOR THE BLOOD forthcoming in 2014) might not know that it involves Greek gods running around in contemporary times [...]
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Lucienne Diver talks about the right ways to find an agent. [...]
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On a DragonCon panels not so long ago, I was asked a question that really made me think. (I love those!) “What three things do you absolutely have to know about your character to write him or her?”
My answer, as it turns out, wasn’t difficult to come up with: nature, nurture and the pivotal moments that divert life’s trajectory for good or ill. As for the first, all parents, aunts, uncles, etc. know that a child has a personality even before he or she is verbal—fussy, happy, tentative or trusting, demanding or easygoing, outgoing or shy. My son, for example, was a born extravert. He was flirting with girls by making eyes at them or simply grabbing their hands as if to declare “mine” from the time he was a babe in arms. Once he could walk, we called him “the ambassador” because whenever we were out in public, [...]
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