I mentioned in my previous post on the fourth dystopian must have, Loss of Self-Autonomy, that in order for a dystopian to be a true anti-utopia, the very antithesis of a utopia, one of the prerequisites is that the loss of self-autonomy must be socially normal. That means for the average person, normal is not … Continue reading Top 5 ‘Must Haves’ in a Dystopian Novel IV: Police State
I redid the cover on The Ogress' Son because there were too many comments on how it looks like a horror story. :O Not at all what I was going for, but here's the new cover. I likey. And thank heavens for Fiverr, because there was no way I could have gotten a new cover … Continue reading When your genre is dystopian, but your cover says horror….
Every dystopian novel is called dystopian as a juxtaposition to its opposite, a utopia. A utopia is an ideal society. Likewise, a dystopia is premised on an idealization already having been achieved - a world where everyone gets an education, or a world where everyone owns a home, or a world where we all … Continue reading Top 5 ‘Must Haves’ in a Dystopian Novel II: Realization of Idealization
Once upon a time, a twitter user (twitterer? twit? tweeter? Obviously I am not twitter conversant) lamented about not having the means to be able to create a book trailer. Here's my response: as long as you have access to a movie making program (like Windows movie maker which came standard with my Windows 8.1 … Continue reading How To: Create a Free Book Trailer
I should preface this by saying that it's my problem with vampires. The vampire narrative is well-known to most of Western society. An evil vampire, born of (narrative of choice), goes around killing or turning other men into vampires. These other vampires must kill other people in order to survive themselves. They burn in the … Continue reading The Problem with Vampires
Among other things, today I am grateful I am not a vampire. In other news, my book launch will be coming up soon, just in time for lovers of Regency fiction, vampire fiction, and adventures to get a copy or share a copy for Christmas. So if you are looking for a free copy, join … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving
Woot!Woot! I received my first review on Order of the Blood! And yes, it was five stars. The reviewer's first remark to me, in a personal message, included, 'Please tell me there is a sequel.' Could there be sweeter words to a writer's ear, er, sight? Granted, maybe she's just a really nice person, but I'm thinking, … Continue reading Five stars out of the gate