Technical writers or non fiction writers scribble to pay the bills and for the love of the analytical or the exercise of truth or deception.

Fiction authors write to illuminate their world or escape it.

Whichever kind of writer, it's all about staying alive and helping or entertaining others.

The Writing Life

Like most writers, I have a love of reading and the power of words. When I was younger, I read everything I could get my hands on, but I don’t consider myself well read. I consumed books like a starved person, so quickly I hardly knew what I had read. By some strange process of osmosis, I learned from everything I read, but I cannot give you an erudite discussion of characters, plots, or authors. I can only tell you it’s lodged some where in the core of my being and informs my writing.

In addition to reading, I’ve spent a life time writing---from that first elementary school composition to my college days when I studied French literature and wrote explications de texte. Along the way, I fell into technical writing--to put food on the table and pay bills. In the 90s, I had the good fortune to take a dialog class with Sol Stein, former owner of Stein & Day publishers in New York and a prolific author. That led to his California-based writers’ group, Chapter One. It was a rigorous, ego-bruising experience, but I was intent on learning everything I could about fiction writing. A few years ago, I also had the good fortune to study with another writer, Louella Nelson, an experienced romance writer and teacher of fiction writing. She provided a different perspective and balance to my writing.

My novel, DREAMING OF LAUGHING HAWK, a mainstream, Sixties era novel, is available on Amazon in print and ebook (also available in Canada, Europe, Japan, and Brazil). Download a free sample. If you like it, I hope you'll download the book and post a review on Amazon.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One by E. L. James

Kindle is one of the greatest gifts to readers. I love the fact that I can download a sample and determine if I want to buy the book. I also love the fact that I can carry around a library on a thin, 5 x 7 device. It's addicting. Amazon knows how to hook you and reel you in.

Half of the time, I download a sample and Ugh, I hit the delete key. I never bother much with steamy romance or erotica. Most of it is not too well-written. Lately, I needed some diversion from the stress in my life and I stumbled across Fifty Shades of Grey. I liked the sample and thought there was something intriguing about it so I downloaded the book. I'm probably about a third of the way through the book and I don't know if I'll fall out of love with it about the half-way mark, which is usually the case with me. The point is, the author has hit on something kind of unique and, well, disturbing. And it's not the sex that is disturbing--it's the obsession and the twisted relationship. Nevertheless, it's an enjoyable, engaging read so far, except for the legal contract between the dominator (Christian Grey) and the submissive (Anastasia). I'm not bored YET even though the story line is kind of implausible. An extraordinarily beautiful and wealthy man encounters a college girl and develops an obsessive relationship with her based on bondage, sadism, masochism, and domination. For the moment, I'm withholding judgement because I'm curious where this is going. I'm along for the ride.

Here is the question: have you read it and what is your reaction to this novel?

1 comment:

  1. I have not read it, but I'm intrigued now. I'll go download the sample. Funny, one day, that will a perfectly common thing said by someone thinking about buying a book.