When we suggest that we or other authors in lesbian fiction are not able to withstand the customary, ongoing criticism such as occurs in every other artistic field, I wonder if someone like JK Rowling ever made that suggestion. Did Toni Morrison? Stephen King?
The reader enjoyed my book and hoped I could be counted on to produce books that could be read quickly and not linger in the mind afterward. I know these words were meant kindly and I know exactly what the reader meant. I hope that I have disappointed her, and repeatedly. I cannot imagine if I had not read those words twenty-mumble years ago and decided then what kind of writer I wanted NOT to be.
I was delighted to discover a podcast review of Love by the Numbers posted at Queer Books Please yesterday and what's even more delightful is the insightful description of why a romance novel can / ought to be suspenseful for the reader. This is a podcast that both readers and writers will enjoy.Queer Books Please … Continue reading Why Love is Suspenseful @QueerBooksPlease + NaNoWriMo
Book review site Goodreads has undergone some recent policy changes that have angered readers and led to a massive debate that is detailed in this article at Mashable. The site was trying to end an author-reader escalation of bad behavior and bullying where both groups formed retaliatory gangs that used the review and comment systems … Continue reading Do You Review? Blog It! Part 2