Discussion: The Clumsy Hero

Discussion: The Clumsy Hero

I’ll be honest: I don’t usually have “popular” tastes. That being said, I’m not an elitist by any stretch of the imagination; if you want to listen to Miley Cyrus, you do that, buddy. I’ll be over here listening to European symphonic rock. It’s my thing–have been listening to these bands since high school–but I know it’s not for everyone. One thing I think I do share with at least a large portion of readers is wanting realistic characters in my fiction. By that I mean ones who don’t always say the right thing, do the right thing, or succeed in the right way. To be fair, I usually like to take it up a notch and make them a little gray. Morals are a fickle thing. The protagonist in SUMMONED, twenty-three year old Dimitri, is stuck in a paranormal bond that forces him to comply with his master’s wishes. And his master is not very nice. As much as Dimitri doesn’t want to kidnap and murder people, he has also resigned to his fate. Getting through wishes that often put him in danger and rarely make sense to him is as much as he can hope for. Dim’s master, Karl, relies on the genie-bond to force Dim to succeed. That leaves our “hero” in a bit of a mess. He’s not very good at what he does. Actually, he’s undeniably terrible at it, but he’s left with no options. Armed with a multimillionaire’s bank account and a growing panic about what will be inflicted on him if he fails, he dives head first into each disaster. This is how I like my characters. I like them to fail, and then struggle, and then finally succeed. Come to find out, not everyone shares this opinion. While most readers have been receptive to Dimitri, a reviewer commented that he’s “clumsy” and not flawless like “other assassins,” which she preferred. I have no desire to change Dimitri. He is the way he was meant to be for this series. But it made me wonder: Do YOU, my blog readers, prefer your characters to be flawed and desperate, or would you rather see more heroes with perfect execution? Why? Both answers are perfectly reasonable; I’m just curious what you prefer and what about it that appeals to your...

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Discussion: Planning for #nanowrimo

Discussion: Planning for #nanowrimo

It’s that time of year, where authors world ’round begin doing finger exercises in preparation for dropping 50k words in a month. Personally, I’ve never participated in Nanowrimo and after writing 2.5 manuscripts in the last 4 months, I’m not about to start this year. But it is a hit with a lot of people so I want to know… Are you participating this year? If yes, how are you preparing? As a side note, I wrote about the steps I took to quickly write a first draft. You might find it useful in preparing for...

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Discussion: Your Favorite Author Guest Post

Discussion: Your Favorite Author Guest Post

Authors often guest post on other people’s blogs to help promote their book, usually as a part of a virtual tour. Sometimes the topic is inventive, or sometimes it was quickly hashed out and had surprising results (or consequences 😉 You know who you are lol). So, either as the author of the post or the blogger hosting it, what is your favorite author guest post? What do you love about it?

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