Hi! Posted in your other thread also, guess I'm not too great at noticing time passing either. Well, I'm American, early thirties, complete bookworm, and obsessed with movies and stories in general. Got my self a kindle a few months ago, and came across your stuff doing general genre searching. Really, it fell into the semi-ruthless kind of fiction that I absolutely love, but is soo freaking hard to find. I was actually pretty pleased that something like that was available. I guess now I'm actually working pretty hard on putting together a novella to try out the self publication on the Kindle, it was something that I had always wanted to do, but it seemed so daunting. Now, I'm a good portion through it and getting to the end game, I'm pretty freakin surprised that I managed to come up with original material. I never thought it really came down to just toughing it out, keep writing, and sticking with what you know. Amazing what being honest about yourself, and your work can do. I work a crappy job.. I truly enjoy learning about people, and their (counter)cultures. Typically one of those people that would like to think they have a pretty wide skill set, illustration is one of my strongest suits, but it's really something I do mainly for myself, lots of pin up stuff.. I really think it's important, and healthy, for people to be creative, and I am always trying to get people to try and attempt to do the things they dream about, even if it's for fun.
I'm also an American and a complete book worm. I turn 40 this month. Though I don't have a Kindle, I have Kindle for PC and download a lot of books as well. I also download a lot of PDFs from a couple of other book sites like FictionWise.
Sadly, I think there is a great hole in fiction right now, and that is the "semi-ruthless" genre. We have it in movies and comics, but it's very rare in fiction. Perhaps authors take themselves a little too seriously? Or publishers are a little too snobby? Who knows. I'm not going to bother to worry about it. I just want to fill the gap.
Excellent, I would definitely love to see it. When you let something flow, it will come naturally.
I hear you on the crappy job front. I'm working one of those myself. In fact, I don't wish to mention it at all. When folks ask me what I do, I tell them I write fiction. Tis not a lie, just not what they think perhaps. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! But I suppose I should thank my lucky stars I work in an office with 3 other people I like and whom like me. It's not the office or the time or the clients I dislike, just the job. Oh well, it puts food on the table and actually is something that looks good to others. It's just a job I don't feel myself well suited to.
For your participation, I would like to send you something via snail mail. It's nothing that's going to blow your socks off, so if you aren't interested, or don't wish to give me your address, I will understand completely. And honestly, if you have a work address or a PD box, it would be for the best. And for the record, if someone asked me for my mailing address, I would be a little leery myself. That said, if you are interested, email me at made.in.dna AT gmail.
I think that hole is starting to trickle in however, and I can't wait to see what floods in in the next few years. I say this mainly because of the recent upswing in popularity if dystopian young adult fiction that has been gaining momentum. I've read a few of the recent novels, and they are so different from the kind of novels published in my youth. Much more daring as far as the subject matter goes, some of these books have been ruthless in the content. I had to look all around, and turn to allot of fringe(at the time) fiction to explore the stories that interested me. Now it is right on the self as a best seller. Some of the fans are going to stick with this kind of content down the road, looking for faster and harder stories to fill that desire. Also the bizarro genre is building a huge fan base, with more people trying their hand at it as authors. I really do admire the freedom that some people are able to write within this genre, it takes courage to put forth a story that takes so many risks (I would say that you fall in that category) I think that many new authors are going to be surprised at just how freakin hard it is to write like that, to freely express yourself, avoiding your own censor, and ignoring what your peers think. Either way fiction seems like it has begun to change again, and I am excited to see what some of this new material is going to be like! Yeah, actually I am that guy, I just signed up on goodreads. I have been doing allot of homework on what to read next, and after linking to it a couple times, I signed up as a way to keep a running list of all of the stuff I had read. I just like having a list that I can refer to quickly. And, I was hoping that I could cross reference other people's lists to find lesser known books. I was a little surprised that you were my first request through it's system, but think that is pretty cool. It does give me a chance to consider the type of stories that influenced the authors that I like. And, their best of lists seem better fleshed out than most others. I really do like the site of goodreads, and I am wondering how I missed it before.
So I have heard. I've been reading of YA books that talk about rape and violence against youngsters. Sadly, as we both know, art imitates life. I write over the top insanity to be silly. One guy called MEDIA WHORES "dada anti-porn". I had to look up dada to realize he wasn't talking like a baby, but referring to dadaism. While I wasn't shooting for anything in particular -- I don't set messages in my fiction. But he read something in it that clicked with him. And hell, that's okay by me.
Cool! Great to have you over there too. Feel free to copy and paste your reviews over there over here too. It would really help to have reviews (or even just the stars) on both sites. And BTW, if you write a review, it doesn't have to be a book in and of itself. Just say whether you thought it was good, so-so or otherwise. Honesty is the best policy and I ain't gonna be hurt by people's thoughts. What YOU like is different from what I like, but if we should meet somewhere along the way, score!
Yeah, GR is a good site. It really helped me find some great and influential work as well.