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Word of the Day (from my friend Michelle Miles’ Page-A-Day calendar): fictioneer (n) one who writes fiction especially in quantity and without high standards.
I’m a fictioneer…although I do have standards. High ones. I write quick and dirty, but I spend a lot of time creating outlines for my books so their plotlines are tight and characterizations are unique. I take workshops, read manuals on writing, and constantly work on growing my writing chops.
Once a story is finished, I send it to critique partners, beta readers and paid editors. Some of my novels are published through well-established houses and receive a good deal of attention from editors and other professionals on staff. The rest I self-publish, but again, I take this business seriously and outsource the editing, formatting and cover art. Those aren’t my areas of expertise.
Thing is, standards are different for everyone. My high standards may still be your boy-does-she-suck standards. Just like each of us has a preference for certain types of stories, we each have different standards of I-can’t-wait-to-read-this vs. yucko-no-thanks variety.
What I AM an expert at is writing fun, engaging stories. Especially those that deal with good vs. evil plots. Lucifer, witches, demons and vampires. I’ve got ’em all!
The third book in my Kali Sweet Series releases today. I take the gloves off when I write Kali. Her stories are the only ones I don’t outline ahead of time. I just write – and have a blast seeing how the story unfolds. Kali is a no-holes-barred, in-your-face vengeance demon. “Kick-ass” readers call her. Probably why I enjoy writing her so much.
In this latest story, Sweet Soldier, she breaks down and apologizes to her boyfriend, Rad. This is no small event – in three hundred years, she’s never told him she’s sorry about anything. You could say Rad is mildly stunned:
He arched a brow, moved back a little. “Did you just apologize?”
Using my hold on his hair, I shifted him forward and lowered his head again, encouraging him to resume his torturous seduction. “Yeah. So?”
He licked my skin, paused on his journey to the spot between my thighs. “This may be a first. Forgive me if I take a moment to enjoy it.”
“Non si preoccupi. It won’t happen again.”
The Kali books usually top 100,000 words each and they’ve garnered some loyal fans in the urban fantasy genre: “If you love Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series, the Mercy Thompson series, Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock, and Kate Daniels series then you will def enjoy Kali Sweet. Great female lead with a unique fantasy world set in modern day.” ~LovesDance, reviewer.
I initially planned for Sweet Soldier to be the last in the series. Three books make a nice boxed set. I like the number three. My publishing career is going in a different direction this year, focusing on my Super Agent romantic suspense series again.
But after reading the latest set of reviews for Sweet Chaos (Kali Sweet, Book 2), I’m rethinking this. If Sweet Soldier garners an equal amount of positive reviews and has enough readers asking for more, I’ll keep the series going. After all, there are characters in Kali’s world who need closure. And with Sweet Soldier, I included the main characters from my Witches Anonymous series in the plot line. Maybe the thing to do is combine both series for a final book…
As a fictioneer, I can write as much or as little as I want. Jump genres. Blend series. Kill off characters and resurrect them. One of my sons recently told me I’m too controlling as a mother. In his words, I’m “the puppet master”. While I deny being anything but a good mother to him, in fiction, I admit I am the puppet master. I love creating new worlds, new characters and interesting plotlines. I enjoy brainstorming and wondering what if? My characters suffer…but they also satisfy readers.
Nothing is perfect, but my standards are high. In my book – pun intended – the true definition of a fictioneer is one who writes fiction that keeps her fans happy.
What do you think? Do you follow authors who write a lot and share entertaining stories or do you prefer authors who write “quality” fiction? Can the two be the same?
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