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A New Post About Character

Today's post on character, "An Imperfect Mirror," can be found at http://magicalwords.net, the group blog I maintain with fellow fantasy authors Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, and C. E. Murphy.  Come check out the site and enjoy the post.


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Mar. 2nd, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
"Maybe one will be uncommonly intelligent, with movie-star good looks and the writing talent of a God."

Almost like looking into a mirror eh? :)

Ok, but Grinsa better not die even with Hemmingway's "All true stories end in death"! j/k

Two thoughts: Answer or don't (might be some reason not to).

Death: Finished a trilogy last year (won't say which as someone might read this that hasn't read/finished the books) and the author killed off the lead character at the end of the 3rd book. Now, I may have the American idea that all stories have to have a happy ending (see: Turner and Hooch) but I was disappointed that, in an otherwise enjoyable fantasy series, the ending left me unhappy with it as a whole. So, considering the author would know this, why (and I can guess some of the reasons) would they go there?

Deadlines and Web Interaction: More of a statement than a question. While I know publishing is probably occasionally a fickle business, two authors of current series I'm reading (ok, probably more like 4) are taking a great deal of time between books (you can probably guess 2-3 of these easily). I don't even mind the time involved as much as the info that comes out stating that it will be released and then that date is changed.

I appreciate you keeping your web site up and updated. Not all authors do this and, while I understand that some might not be as interested in corresponding directly with their fans, the information can't be anything but helpful in getting out the word on their work. Even if they have to pay someone to keep it updated, it would be a small price to pay in keeping their readers informed about their books and, especially, their future book releases. It might not only hinder their book sales, but other's as well, relative to what could be gained by having that information available. It's not all about flashy book covers to catch a shopper's eye or big displays in book stores anymore.
Mar. 4th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
Sorry to take so long to reply. Long, productive day. On your first point, about sad endings: Authors usually have a sense at the beginning of a project as to how it's going to end. And they usually have good reasons for wanting to end things as they do. I can understand why you didn't like a sad ending, but you remember it. It stands out in your mind. That may be part of what the author wanted. Maybe she/he wanted to be different, or maybe she/he had something very specific to say with that sad ending. We choose our story elements for different reasons. I was criticized by many for the way I ended my LonTobyn series, but for me it couldn't have ended any other way. -- Shrugs --

As for responding to comments and keeping my site and my blog up to date, I do it because I think it helps generate interest in my work AND because I enjoy it. I'm not sure that either reason would be enough on its own, but together they keep me going. I do think that by making the effort to interact with fans, I help myself out, but as I say, I get something out of it too. Otherwise it would seem awfully cynical. Know what I mean?

Thanks for the comments.
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