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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Are Mixed Genres Important?


How important are genres and mixed genres in this day to publishing in today's market? What do you look for when you’re picking a book to read?
I have posted books to this site that are a sci-fi, paranormal suspense romance with a touch of fantasy. Would you buy this book?
How many genres are there today?
Nonfiction books





 
Suspense
 
 Romance Novels- sweet, suspense, western, historical



 Thriller Novels– legal, medical


Short stories

Memoirs

Cookbook

Graphic novels

Literature and Fiction

Western

Historical

Paranormal

Women’s fiction
 
Help me out here. I copied the first list of genres down to short stories from Predators and Editors. Then I checked Amazon’s list and added the next four. I looked at the list and added the next four I thought were missing.

Then I went back and started to add sub-genres. I’m finding it a little overwhelming. As I’ve said previously, my books are romantic suspense, but contemporary western romantic suspense, with a touch of paranormal.
So, what genres am I missing? What about sub-genres?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Genres with David Russell


This week we’re going to find out a little about author David Russell. January ‘s theme is ‘Genres’ so David will be talking about genres. He’ll also tell us a little about himself and his writing, and answer some fun questions.
b. 1940. Resident in the UK. Writer of poetry, literary criticism, speculative fiction and romance. Main poetry collection Prickling Counterpoints (1998); poems published in online International Times. Main speculative works High Wired On (2002); Rock Bottom (2005). Translation of Spanish epic La Araucana, Amazon 2013. Romances: Self’s Blossom; Explorations; Further Explorations; Therapy Rapture; Darlene, An Ecstatic Rendezvous (all pub Extasy (Devine Destinies). Self-published collection of erotic poetry and artwork, Sensual Rhapsody, 2015. Singer-songwriter/guitarist. Main CD albums Bacteria Shrapnel and Kaleidoscope Concentrate. Many tracks on You Tube, under ‘Dave Russell’

Beverley: Which genre or genres do you write or prefer to write?
David: Literary romance and speculative fiction
Beverley: What prompted you to write in the genre you do?
David: A close friend of mine tried writing a romance, and this was a catalyst to me
Beverley: What genres do you enjoy reading?
David: Romance, Paranormal, SF, History
Beverley: I’d love to hear what you think of the present genres, how they’ve been affected by self-publishing and where you think they might be headed.
David: Self-publishing has had an enormous effect; it has certainly removed barriers to experimental work. Since many so-called publishers now do not promote in addition to publishing, it is becoming the main channel; many writers have switched to it.
Beverley: How long have you been writing?
David: For about 5 decades’ now
Beverley: Who influenced you the most in deciding to become a writer?
David: William Golding
Beverley: What obstacles did you have to overcome to begin creating your work?
David: My own hesitancy, frequent struggles to find the right words and expression
Beverley: What gets your creative juices flowing?
David: Experiences, reminiscences, comparing notes with others about their experiences and reminiscences.
Beverley: What will stop your creative muse the quickest?
David: Having to attend to the practicalities of business and everyday living
Beverley: What do you have for breakfast?
David: Either Muesli or two pieces of toast
Beverley: What do you wear when you are writing?
David: Generally, my ordinary clothes; a dressing gown if I work through the night.
Beverley: Where do you do most of your writing?
David: In my workroom/bedroom
Beverley: Do you have a favorite cartoon character? Why?
David: Speedy Gonzalez; I like to feel I think and act fast
Beverley: Who would you love most to meet 'in person' and why?
David: Suzanne Vega – she is feminine and sensitive, also hard-hitting, and perceptive
Beverley: If you had an unexpected free day what would you do with it?
David: I would probably go to a long-neglected art gallery
Beverley: What are you working on now?
David: Two sequels to my novella Self’s Blossom.

Blurb for Self’s Blossom

Self's Blossom is a short novella in the erotic romance genre, with Selene, a woman in search of her sexual identity, as the vibrant main character. Selene is intellectual, independent, free spirited and totally trapped in the limitations of her peer group and society. Her pragmatic best friend Janice describes Selene as a dreamer, "living in the cuckoo land of her imagination". Desperately looking to find herself and get a bit of erotic adventure, Selene goes on holiday to South America.

Brought to life by the Sun, sea and holiday atmosphere of her resort, Selene's first erotic awakening comes about through the ocean - "the spirit of love beckoning her with a pulsing sinewy body." After this, Selene searches for a lover and has a brief sexual encounter with an eighteen year old local. But it is her through her meeting with the American anthropologist Hudson that Selene' erotic nature is awakened and she explores the many layers of her being. Hudson is her intellectual rival and mentor, and he introduces Selene to the other side of South America - the primal elemental energy of the carnival, the 10,000 year history of South American civilisation and the breathtaking and often cruel power of its environment and landscape.

With Hudson, Selene's holiday adventures suddenly become fraught with danger and intrigue - She is threatened with death by hunters when she plays environmentalist with Hudson and his friends, she is bitten by a deadly snake when she goes exploring with him, Hudson has to save her from a bar room brawl with the locals which suddenly explodes due to a sexual indiscretion. The indigenous population have an entirely different culture and life-rule than Selene knows from her predictable friends in London.

Although Hudson is the catalyst for Selena's awakening, it is fair to say that she challenges him intellectually and opens his world weary eyes for the magic of the moment also. Their mutual search for something beyond the mundane leads them both to the top of a South American pyramid, where Selena visualizes herself as a modern God Queen and Hudson as her God King. They have both gone on a dangerous and fascinating journey down through time and braving a foreign culture and environment. It is therefore significant that Selene does not seek full surrender to her lover in the passion of the moment on the moonlit beach - in fact she slaps his face when he attempts to do so - Instead she wants their love to be fully consummated through the pampered and luxurious Western trappings of the hotel Bridal Suite. Selene concludes: "True Seduction was total theatre," "The true ideal lay in laced artifice" not in "ideals of naturalness."

Here, in the luxurious trappings of traditional Western romance and eroticism, the adventure ends and the God Queen and God King sublimate their experience like some modern day High Priest and Priestess and the alchemy of their mutual transformation is complete. Knowing that they will be unable to ever rival or surpass this moment of absolute sexual apotheosis, the lovers now part and go their separate ways - Hudson to his job in the US and Selene back to London. But the author David Russell leaves us with a sense that more has been accomplished here than just a nice holiday memory for Selene and her lover. Selene can now return to the humdrum of her everyday existence and the emptiness of her London life with the alchemical blossom inside her - the Blossom of the self which has been totally awakened inside her.

There is the very real sense that Selene will never be the same woman again after this.

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You can find David at:
Blog: www.davidrussell-author.blogspot.co.uk 
Don’t forget to check back next week for another author interview and discussion of genres.

Monday, January 9, 2017

On Genres with Beverley


I thought since the guest authors answer questions on genres, I’d answer the same questions today. So, here’s my take on the questions.
Question: Which genre or genres do you write or prefer to write?

My Answer: I write romantic suspense. I started out writing straight romance, but I really wanted to kill someone so I switched to romantic suspense. I’ve also co-authored a romantic horror story. And I write western romantic suspense, with a little paranormal twist thrown in.
Question: What prompted you to write in the genre you do?

My Answer: I think I already answered it. I wanted to write romance, but I kept throwing in murder and mystery because straight romance wasn’t fun. And figuring out clues, and red herrings and killing people is so much fun.
Question: What genres do you enjoy reading?

My Answer: Romantic suspense, mystery, cozies, some romance and paranormal. I try to read some literary fiction if it gets great reviews, but I like the HEA endings.
Question: I’d love to hear what you think of the present genres, how they’ve been affected by self-publishing and where you think they might be headed.

My Answer: I’m going to touch more on the genres next time, since I mix genres. But I think self-publishing has changed the industry. Wen Amazon brought out the Kindle everything sort of did a 180. It opened the publishing industry to good writers who had been able to get published because their books didn’t fit conventional genres.
I had a friend who wrote WW II stories, but no one would publish them. Now anything can get published. And yes, there are some terrible books out there that haven’t been edited or proof-read. Hopefully the readers check them out before they purchase them. The big publishers now have an e-publishing section. Well-known authors now download their backlist. The options have opened up and I think it’s great.

Self-pubbed have to do their own advertising, or pay someone but many publishers no longer assist with promotion unless your one of their top-sellers. Any author pretty much has to do their own now. It’s a little more work, but it’s part of the changing industry.

Self-pubbed is going to continue to change. Audio books are becoming more popular. Videos are being used to promo books. Authors could make full movie videos of their books. I think with all the computer and technical options writing will continue to evolve.

Where do you think self-publishing is headed? 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Genres with Glenn Maynard


This week we’re going to find out a little about author Glenn Maynard. January ‘s theme is ‘Genres’ so Glenn will be talking about genres. He’ll also tell us a little about himself and his writing, and answer some fun questions.
Glenn Maynard is the author of Strapped into an American Dream, which details his one-year journey through the 48 continental states, Canada, and Mexico in an RV. He was a travel correspondent for three newspapers during his travels. He is also the author of this paranormal romance trilogy, which includes Desert SonWayward Soul, and Spiritual Intervention.  He currently lives in Wethersfield, CT.
Beverley: Which genre or genres do you write or prefer to write?
Glenn: Paranormal Romance
Beverley: What prompted you to write in the genre you do?
Glenn: I began by reading a book about reincarnation, and I was fascinated by the stories of past lives. I also wanted to dabble in out-of-body experiences. I was then hooked by the paranormal.
Beverley: What genres do you enjoy reading?
Glenn: Paranomal, Horror.
Beverley: How long have you been writing?
Glenn: I’ve been writing my whole life, but once I finally received a publishing contract after years of trying, I finally felt legitimate. That was in 2009, so I’ve been a writer my whole life and an author since 2009.
Beverley: Who influenced you the most in deciding to become a writer?
Glenn: I was not influence by any author to become a writer, but I have been influenced greatly by the work of Stephen King.
Beverley: What obstacles did you have to overcome to begin creating your work?
Glenn: The greatest obstacle was and is the number of books being published per year (one million books). Self-Publishing really drove this number up. I originally thought I was going to land an agent and get a big contract from a large publishing company. However, as the years passed I realized that I had to start small. I finally received a YES with a small publishing company (Strategic Book Publishing), and a YES three more times from a second small publisher (Black Rose Writing) for my paranormal trilogy.
Beverley: What gets your creative juices flowing?
Glenn: I think watching movies is an idea generator and from those ideas creative juices are produced. On the smaller scale, reading the way other writers get their ideas across in books is like an injection of steroids into those ideas.
Beverley: What will stop your creative muse the quickest?
Glenn: Disruptions. I need silence in order to become one with the world I create. Most of the time silence is impossible to obtain, so I’m improving on creating a world with disruptions. I prefer silence, but I’ve become realistic.
Beverley: What do you have for breakfast?
Glenn: Oatmeal, bagel, or eggs of all varieties. I love eggs, and that’s no yoke!
Beverley: What do you wear when you are writing?
Glenn: A stoic look. That’s what I wear. I concentrate as I look at the computer screen and visualize the scenes as I write them. I visualize how I would react and convert that reaction to how my particular characters would react. It becomes very real for me. I put myself in their shoes, so I wear at least their shoes.
Beverley: Where do you do most of your writing?
Glenn: Where I am writing this…on the left side of my couch with the laptop on my lap.
Beverley: Who would you love most to meet 'in person' and why?
Glenn: I would most like to meet Stephen King so I could grill him…on his writing process.
Beverley: If you had an unexpected free day what would you do with it?
Glenn: When I have an unexpected free day and I have no writing-related deadlines, I would go to the beach, play guitar, or watch a movie.
Beverley: What are you working on now?
Glenn: This questionnaire. Actually, now that this trilogy is complete, I am marketing all three together for the first time. While I do this, I am compiling ideas for my next book. I am not at all ready to begin writing yet, but I will know when I’m ready when I have enough juices for a book-length manuscript.
Beverley: What books have you had published? And tell us a little bit about them, please.
Glenn: My first book is entitled, “Strapped into an American Dream,” which is a book about my one year journey through the 48 states of America in an RV.  I then moved on to fiction and published a paranormal romance trilogy: Desert Son, Wayward Soul, and Spiritual Intervention. These books involve out-of-body, reincarnation, and past-life-regression hypnosis.
Beverley: Where do you find your inspiration?
Glenn: I love creating worlds and filling them with characters that are memorable. A story is one thing, but a book is an entirely different animal. When I’m ready to batten down the hatches and dig in for the long haul of the process of writing a book and editing, I can’t wait to get started. I give myself weekly quotas, and I always reach them because nothing else matters at the time. For my latest book, Spiritual Intervention, I just wrote without knowing where exactly I was going. I had never done that before. I always wrote from an outline. I ended up writing more and one of the characters I created during a diversion in the story ended up being one of the main characters.
Beverley: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Glenn: For all the aspiring writers who want to write a book: My advice is to write one. Come up with a rough outline and then start writing. Give yourself a writing goal and start banging away at the keyboard and see where it takes you. Don’t worry about the details and don’t stop until you feel you’ve written a book.  The goal on my latest book was 100,000 words and I set my writing quota at 5,000 words per week. This gave me the opportunity to write 1,000 words per night (after work) and builds in two days off.  Once you’ve written the book, it’s time to find a small publisher (being realistic) and building your resume. While you’re doing all of this, you are also finding your target audience, building an online presence and following, and mastering social media from a marketing standpoint. It’s a lot, but it’s necessary.
Beverley: If you could be anyone or anything that you wanted, who or what would you be?
Glenn: I would be Spiderman because he gets around so fast and there’s never enough time in my day to get it all done.
Beverley: What has brought you the greatest joy in seeing your dream of publishing fulfilled?
Glenn: Seeing all of the newspaper articles about my books brings me the greatest joy. Also, the 5-Star reviews not too shabby. But that’s not all…getting that first book published and then that second book published before my father passed away in 2015. Those also happened to be the only two books my mother is aware of because of a nasty disease called Alzheimer’s. I could only show her books three and four.

Blurb for Spiritual Intervention

They tried to get away, but menacing spirit has gotten hold of their son. Carter and Brenda thought it was a clean break and a new start. They escaped their old life in Boulder and returned to Boston. Signs emerged that this mission failed when their son, Adam, began to speak. When seven-year-old Adam is kidnapped in the middle of the night, there is no denying the spirit of Martin has returned. This story culminates in a showdown that has only one possibility of finding peace in their lives. They must find a way to move Martin into the afterlife. However, there’s one problem. Martin has no intention of going.

Buy Links:
https://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Intervention-Glenn-Maynard/dp/1612967981



You can find Glenn at:
Website: http://www.glennmaynard.weebly.com/
Blog: https://desertsonnovel.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/GlennMaynardFanPage
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Glenn/Maynard
Twitter: https://twitter.com/glennmaynard64 https://twitter.com/USAtraveler

Don’t forget to check back next week for another author interview and discussion of genres.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Genres


Hi everyone,
Welcome and I hope you had a nice holiday season. We’re into a new year and as I said, this year I’m doing theme months.
January – Theme - Genres
February – Self–pubbed/traditional/ other writing formats/ – why?
March – Heroes
April – Covers
May – Heroines
June – Marketing
July – Settings
August – Reviews
September – Secondary characters
October – Pets – Yes/No/Why
November – Weather
December – Seasonal stories – Christmas/ Valentines/ Halloween
So today, I’m starting off the theme of genres. I went to Wikipedia and checked out genres, and added some of my own. I can’t believe how many showed up. Here’s the list and I’m sure there are more.
Erotica, Fan fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Futuristic,Comedy, Drama, Historical fiction, Horror, Humor, Non-fiction, Paranormal,Realistic fiction, Romance novel, Satire, Science fiction, Short story, Steampunk, Suspense fiction. Crime fiction. Detective fiction, Thriller, Mystery fiction. Legal thriller. Medical thriller. ... Tragedy, Tragicomedy, Urban fiction, Westerns, Women’s fiction, Young Adult, Folklore, Legend, Magical realism, Picture book, Realistic fiction, Tall tale.

And then there’s non-fiction, journalism, etc. I apologize if I’ve missed some. So, when you’re talking genres it’s a huge topic. I judge a lot of contests and occasionally I judge a category I’m not the familiar with. I always judge on the same criteria, because to me it shouldn’t matter what the genre, the basics remain the same; does the beginning grab you, the characterization, the plot, tight writing, does every scene move the story forward, for example.
I’m looking forward to hearing from our guest authors this month and their take on genres. What about you?
And yes, this is the cover from my western. J

Friday, December 30, 2016

Blogging Themes for 2017


I’ve been working on my blogs for next year. This year it got a little derailed because of life stuff.
I’ve decided to try themes for next year. I’m alternating the themes between writing themes, and marketing, publishing themes. I’m planning to post on themes on Tuesday and then have guest authors sharing their thoughts on the theme of the month, info on their own writing and some fun stuff you might not know, plus they’re latest book on Thursday.
Here are the monthly themes for the year:
January – Theme - Genres
February – Self–pubbed/traditional/ other writing formats
March – Heroes
April – Covers
May – Heroines
June – Marketing
July – Settings
August – Reviews
September – Secondary characters
October – Pets – Yes/No/Why
November – Weather
December – Seasonal stories – Christmas/ Valentines/ Halloween

Hopefully you’ll check back to see what’s being said each month.
Or if you’d like to guest one of the months, let me know.
Hopefully 2017 will be a fun year.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

What Are You Reading?

Do read during the holidays? Do you have a list to be read (TBR) in January? How do you chose the books on your list?
I have to admit I haven’t been reading this last week. Holidays, cooking, eating, visiting and socializing got in the way. I am looking for good books to read during the next few weeks. I prefer mystery and romantic suspense. Sometimes women’s fiction. I have a few favorite authors I usually chose, but for the new year I thought I’d check out a few new authors.

Helena Fairfax recommended one her blog that sounded good – Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarity. This is also a Goodreads recommendation, so that’s going on my list.
Goodreads recommends It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover, End of Watch by Stephen King, and The Last Mile by David Baldacci.

The best sellers from Amazon included The Princess Diaries by Carrie Fisher, and Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star.

Also, The Power of Love and Murder by Benda Whitehall, Stone of Heaven by L. A Sartor, Rachel by Caroline Clemmons, and The Beast Within by Jacquie Biggar.

And I’ll be looking for other recommendations from authors I haven’t read. I’d love to hear who you’re reading.