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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
It might be fiction, but that doesn't mean you're not in it. Even if I don't know you, there's a chance I walked by you once, I noticed your hair, your mouth or your shoes. The way you ate that sandwich. Perhaps I overheard you talking. Arguing, maybe. Laughing at a joke or a distant stranger's misfortune. Even if you are the silent, invisible type who always ducked your head at school when the teacher was about to pick a student to read aloud to the class. Especially you - you have a story. A hidden story that you have bottled-up. I want to devour it. And my eyes can see it. You have fooled the others, but not me.
Silent observations blend into a montage, that combine into an entity that is given a name. Not yours. Never yours. But a name that sounds like the name of someone who would do the things that you do. And I do know what you do. I see it... everywhere.
Writing is an affliction, that condemns the poor sufferer to form a relationship with a keyboard and a monitor, making friends and enemies - literally. And then, trying to find ways to make love to them or kill them or break their hearts. To lead them on, only to crush them just so you can make it better at the end. Or, make it even worse, if that works better.
Do not ever form a relationship with a writer. It can only end in tears. Or laughter, or heartbreak, or... in a way that will be different. That's important. But ending - that's the essential part. Then you can start again. A new page - a blank page. Now that's exciting. I can go anywhere I choose - until the characters take over and demand to tell their own stories.
When I write a book I'm looking for an original story. I'm not following a recipe, formula or rule book. I absolutely hate the concept where authors choose their category, then write to it. To my mind that is the tail wagging the dog - marketing that dictates a book is pigeonholed as a Romance, a Thriller, A Contemporary Adult, A Coming of Age story, etc. My books are all of that - none of that, and much, much more. Because that's what real life is. I write textured stories that, hopefully, combine life's highs and lows and gives you, the reader, something fresh on every page. To put it another way, I am doomed to never find success because the marketing machine has no hole for me. I'm writing in an era that ended about five years ago.
Stories that require a novel to tell themselves have many, many facets, many characters, and many sub-stories. By way of example, I truly do not understand why so many books today have the ubiquitous picture/drawing of a ripped male chest on the cover. Okay - I do know why - it is code for "graphic sex-scenes inside" proceed if that is the ONLY thing you ask of a novel. And you do.
Seriously ladies, you can do better. I would point out, the internet is full of stuff like that - with real-time moving body parts and in living color... for free. Except you probably can't watch it on the train on the way to work. But you can read an eBook - I get that. Have I missed the point? Is this solely about sex? Do stories not count anymore?
Why not a well thought out story that entertains, develops, excites, enlightens, involves your brain and has an occasional sex scene woven into its plot? A book that draws you completely into the lives of its characters and compels you to want to keep reading, just as you arrive at your train station. Damn! You may well find it more entertaining than a lame plot woven into a 120+page sex scene. The problem is - finding those novels. And those ripped chests do catch your eye...
Before eBooks came along, publishing houses separated the chaff from the wheat when it came to what the public was actually offered to choose from. Not today. You need to do that yourself and it's near impossible to wade through the avalanche of new books every day to find a gem. So, it is no one's fault, it is very easy to get stuck in a rut- especially a mommy-porn, rut.
I would love you to give one of my books a try. I write with one purpose in mind - to entertain my reader. And, yes, you will find the occasional piece of mommy-porn, but it is there because the character's demand it. Obviously, we all have different ideas of what is entertaining. But, if you like the movies Richard Curtis and Nancy Myers make; full of believable humor and real-life situations that evoke empathy, then you are the reader I'm focusing on. (Apologies for using the movie reference, it was easier than trying to list some recent books.)
Oh! About me: I'm a guy. I've lived long enough to have seen some things and I'm old enough to now put some of it together. I write because I love it. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org