Monday, October 24, 2016

What Do I Want Readers To Get From My Books? #OpenBook Blog Hop

Unlike some of the authors on this blog, I don't write my books with a lesson in mind. I don't expect to change the world with my stories. My books are written for enjoyment, a chance for readers to get away from real life for awhile. Still, I might slip in a hidden message or two throughout my stories.

If you've read my books, you know I write strong female characters. That's no accident. I've seen the changes that have happened in the area of women's rights over the past fifty years or so, but know the struggle isn't over. As someone once said, "You've come a long way, baby," but there's still a long way to go. When I first started writing ages ago, I chose a pseudonym that was non-gender identifiable. Male writers were more respected and in many ways, still are today, so by using a name that was neither male nor female I felt I had a better shot at being published. Now that I'm an Indie Author, I don't have to worry about that!

But I don't  believe that being strong means you have to do everything yourself. Friends are important. We are stronger as a group than by ourselves. So my characters and my stories reflect that.

There are other, more subtle, messages of social change woven into the tales I write. I won't tell you what they are, because I hope you'll read my books and figure them out for yourself.

What it comes down to is this: my characters frequently reflect my personal beliefs. Not always, but on a regular basis. I think that's to be expected from most authors.  After all, we write what we know.

To find out what the other authors on this hop have to say, follow the links below. And if you want, leave a comment!

Sidenote: I've entered the the Wolves' Knight cover in a couple of coveer contests. I'm trying to get my cover artist, K.M. Guth, the recognition she deserves. So if you could spare a moment, head over to Cover Contest and give her your support! Thank you!

October 24 - What do you want readers to take away from your work when they read it?
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1 comment:

  1. Yes, I also chose a pseudonym which could be either masculine or feminine. Quite a few readers think I'm a man!