There’s not a lot (in my writing world) much more exciting to me than meeting and talking with the type of young people who will be reading my book.
I’ve had a few delicious encounters with teenage fantasy fans, and they all go about the same way. In my half-curious, half-outgoing way, I start asking questions about the sort of stuff they read. I love hearing what draws somebody into a book, because I want to make a book that draws people in.
Last night I talked with a trio of teenage girls and was very disappointed to hear (though not for the first time) that the *cover* is the first thing that makes them pick up a book to learn more.
Disappointed, not because I’m not the same way, but because I know I shouldn’t expect to have any control over what the cover looks like. Kinda drives home my powerlessness.
I also found words coming out of my mouth that weren’t quite fair, like, “I don’t like it when authors seem to be trying to teach you something– like a character does something bad and everything else that happens is to show you how bad it was.”
This is both true and not-true.
I don’t like didactic books that make a story serve the lesson the author wants to teach. I do like stories that leave me feeling like I know more than I did in the beginning.
Generally, because of the kinds of books I read, I’m observing more about interpersonal relationships, or emotional intelligence, than anything “factual,” but those are things I’m not seeing a lot of alternate teachers for, so I’ll take what I can get.
I don’t have to “believe” it all, obviously, but good authors definitely make me think, and frequently see things in a new way.
THIS I like.
But giving them my blog and e-mail (Hi, girls, if you’re reading this.) I was forced to look at this website in a different way, realizing that Untangling Tales probably isn’t going to be able to serve my goals as a writer, simply because there is way. too much stuff going on here.
So I’m playing with the idea of an author/novel site to move my fiction-specific stuff to, and I’ll keep y’all posted. The domain I want is still available…
For the record I am down to two blogs: this one and the family scrapbook.