Showing posts with label PEI. Show all posts
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Monday, September 24, 2018

Why L. M. Montgomery Rocks! πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

So why does L. M. Montgomery rock? I'm going to tell you....

To begin with, she wrote and published books in the early 1900s, which was a time that I somehow doubt many women had careers let alone authoring books. I'm no history expert but I'm pretty sure that the usual career for women in those times involved pots, pans and a lot of screaming babies but as I said, I'm no expert.

Furthermore, she wrote about a feisty character named Anne - with an 'e', by the way - who was quite assertive, occasionally bold and didn't have an issue with breaking a slate over a boy's head on occasion, if you know what I mean. In fact, she probably has a lot in common with my character Diego who also likes hitting people with inanimate objects (except he prefers a baseball bat 🀭) and also has a feisty streak.

That aside we're talking a female character in the early 1900s when children were to be seen and not heard and little girls were supposed to be ladylike and obedient. Anne was a strong little girl, which is quite admirable and something I have a lot of respect for as a writer. As a woman, I think this is important and I believe L.M. Montgomery felt it was important too.

How amazing it is to be from the same province as this legendary author. 🀩

Monday, September 5, 2016

Why I Hate Being Stuck in a Genres 😩

I hate the word ‘genre’. It sounds so pretentious as if you define your book in one, single category rather than having it overlap in many areas. Then again, is that really surprising since we also live in a world that wants us to define ourselves into small categories that are easily digestible, uncomplicated and make other people comfortable?

I stopped trying to define my books. With the exception of The Rock Star of Vampires and it’s follow up, Her Name is Mariah, I have always stuck with the genre of ‘fiction’ when checking in with my publisher and later when asked the question in which category my books fit. I guess in my mind, a great book should overlap into many categories; there should be some romance – but not too much. There should be some drama – but not to the point that it becomes unrealistic. There should be some suspense but not necessarily non-stop from chapter one. There should be some erotica but not in the Fifty Shades extreme. I think it’s important that readers get a glimpse of themselves in the story as well as someone they want to be or a fantasy that they may have, but would never act on. 

When I write a book, I visualize it as if it were one of my favorite dramas on television. I like surprise twists and turns, I love strong emotions, I dive into dark topics that we don’t like to talk about as well as the light side of our personalities that makes us human.

Genres tend to be suffocating. When asked for themes in my first book, I stupidly suggested ‘romance’ even though it was only a fraction of the book. My publisher immediately suggested that I change the ending and do things differently to connect with the ‘romance’ fan. I wasn’t about to make my book into a tacky, $2 trash romance book and immediately said no. Same thing with the vampire books; I was told they weren’t ‘vampiry’ enough, not what fans wanted in this kind of genre – but to me, that was the point. Who says that all vampire books have to be the same? Isn’t the point of creativity is to be unique? Sometimes I think this is no longer the case.