Ask me about a favorite book – and I’ll describe the heroine.
We often, if pressed, remember key points of a plot, but what really stick in our heads are the characters. We remember the who over the how, before the what.
Do we love Jane Austen’s books because of the intricate plots? Not really.
The story? Please, we know the story. What we love are the characters, the strong women who get into trouble because they blurt out what they are thinking, the handsome hero who is just misunderstood, the spunky friend for whom we wish as much … Read more
Kristine Smith’s new book, Rules of Conflict, was released January 26.
I however, read the first in the series, Code of Conduct because I like to start at the beginning. And I’m glad I did.
Code of Conduct Introduces heroine to Jani Kilian, her hybrid body, past relationships and an elaborately coded new world:
After an accident, doctors repair Jani using the most advanced Service Medical technologies available, or so they assured her. In the last days of the idomeni civil war, she escaped their homeworld of Shèrá, and spent the next 18 years on the run.
But someone like … Read more
Writing is frustrating, difficult and maddening. Writers are frustrating, difficult and maddening. I think our reputation as mad and/or drunks is well deserved.
But we keep at it, why?
No matter how difficult the work, how awkward and unmanageable the manuscript or how awful the characters are or how badly behaved the sentences are: I am happy because I have a book to work on. I am happy because I am involved in a creative project.
We all long to create meaning. Working on a book, even thinking about a book gives my daily life meaning. Writing may not deliver … Read more
Our on-going interviews with Cool Authors, Cool Books
Dorothy Hearst author of The Wolf Chronicles
We have said before that for some authors, characters demand their stories to be written. Dorothy would agree. Dorothy writes about wolves.
I gave their story absolutely everything I had. There is something so humbling about having been given the gift of a great story idea. I felt so grateful but also a little stunned. I wondered why me? Why did they come to me of all the people in the world, when I’d never written anything before? Once I’d accepted the challenge, it felt … Read more
We say the words, make time. We can’t make time. I try in my Future Girls books to make time, to travel back and forth changing up everything. It’s fun in fiction, not as easy in real life – so to speak.
In a conversation with Beth Barany, she asked, how do I make time for my writing.
And I had the epiphany that I don’t make time at all.
But I do protect it.
I do schedule part of the day for writing, for being creative.
And that’s the making of time I suppose. I make time for writing.… Read more