Please give a warm welcome to author, Brooklyn Ann!
Stephen King writes a lot of characters who are writers. At first I thought he did this is a convenience, falling under the “write what you know” category. Or maybe he was subconsciously putting himself in the story.
Then the heroine in my debut novel told me she was a writer as well. “Whoa!” I said. “What do you write?”
“Horror!” she proudly proclaimed. “None of those insipid romantic novels.”
“Thanks for that,” I replied, a little stung. “But I love horror. I wish I could write horror. How do you go about it?”
As I wrote her story, BITE ME, YOUR GRACE, I found out how. We have a few things in common, such as looking at a crazy situation and thinking of how to make a story out of it, but there are some major differences.
First off, Angelica had to deal with major sexism in her time. Women were supposed to be wives and mothers, not authors. Plenty flouted that convention and many female literary voices prevailed. However, the most popular were the romantic types, such as Jane Austen.
So her genre was also a problem. Angelica’s idol, Mary Shelley, got away with it because her father owned a publishing company. From what I understand, horror is still a difficult market for a woman.
Another way Angelica and I deviate is how we seek inspiration. I usually listen to music and daydream. She decided to break into her neighbor’s house because she thought it was haunted. It worked out for her because he was a sexy vampire. But if I tried it, I’d probably be looking down the barrel of a gun. (I live in Idaho.)
Anyway, while writing BITE ME, YOUR GRACE, I discovered that writers as characters can differ greatly from the author penning their story and can be a constant surprise.
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