Tuesday, June 23, 2015
MURDER SHE WROTE....AND SHE HEARD ABOUT IT!
I'm not mainstream material...I admit it. I don't write to word requirements, and I hate the box your have to fit your story into. I love small press because they allow you creative liberties you don't usually have, as long as you write it well.
For a couple of years, I reviewed HQ medical romances...until I got totally sick of reading the same story with different names and locales. Honestly...even if you write fiction, you have to use a little reality in your story. I can't count how many times, I've read reviews that expressed their appreciation for the believability of the story.
So...I dare to write outside that stupid box. Since I'm a pantser, my stories are all character driven, and when the hero or heroine stops talking, I stop writing. I take the story as far as the character wants to go, and that's where it ends...whether it be 35,000 words or 95,000.
NEWSFLASH! I base my books on reality even though I write fiction. I don't like stories tied into a neat little box, and I try to bring something a little different to the reading world. What I've found? Most readers want to escape their own lives, live in the shoes of a heroine or hero, and they aren't ready for the unexpected. If you throw in a surprise ending, it upsets people, and they let you know it. I guess Mainstream romance has taught folks to expect the hero to gallop in on a white stallion, rescue the damsel in distress, and ride off into the sunset together, to live a beautiful life, happily ever after. Yuk! Why can't he trample the heroine with the horse, pick up a secondary character and sweep her away to an expected future? Okay...maybe "trample" is a bit extreme, but you have to admit, you'd be surprised, and someone is living happily ever after, just not who you thought it would be. To me, that's being creative.
Although my first instinct is to respond to those bitter reviews with "Write Your Own Book," I grit my teeth and move on. I guess I'll never be as popular as those who write their stories to fit into tidy little boxes, but I enjoy being that different author.
Here's hoping there are some readers out there looking for me. :)
If you are, you can find my books on Amazon.