When things get science fictiony

I was intrigued that the readership for my first novel was a bit heavier on the male reader side even though my protagonist is a woman. I mentioned this to my husband and he admitted, men do more often read fiction books written by other men, although possibly subconsciously. So yes, generally, to have more male readers than female is surprising. Then he said something, which struck me like a ton of bricks (and not … Read on …

Cheating paperback lover

Being Human in e-book has been out for a little over a week and now I’m preparing to publish the paperback edition, working even harder to make sure the print version will be a great reading experience. I, myself, love print books. Holding a printed book in my hands somehow makes the story more real, maybe because the book itself feels more permanent and personal. It’s not on a cloud; it’s solid matter and my … Read on …

Reason(s) for reading?

I’m curious to know what people are reading nowadays. And why? That might seem like a strange question and it’s vague enough to be misunderstood. What I mean is why do you read: to escape, to relax or the reverse, to inspire, to learn? We’ve heard it a thousand times, “Times have changed” and “Who has time?” This makes it even harder to find exactly the right book to appease the soul for those in-between … Read on …

Reader’s choice

I cut a few, I’ll call them lectures, from the earlier and longer version of Flash Back, before reaching the happy medium of the final product. It seemed like I was asking my characters to express a personal opinion and that didn’t seem right. It’s fictional after all. But isn’t expressing something like an opinion inevitable? Writing is like painting, the finesse of the virtual pen akin to the fine or broad strokes of a … Read on …