Authors Answer 11 – Genre Challenge

Many authors tend to stick with one or two genres.  They stay with what they know and they do it well.  But sometimes, authors may want to challenge another genre.  Try out something completely new.  Imagine a fantasy author tackling detective stories or a romance author challenging horror.  I wonder how that would turn out.

John_Wayne_-_1961Question 11: If you were going to write in a genre other than what you normally write, what would you like to try?

Elizabeth Rhodes

I would probably take a swing at writing something funny.  I’ve written scripts for a webcomic and had a lot of fun doing so, so I wouldn’t mind getting back into that.  But writing a script in general would be a break from the norm for me.

Linda G. Hill

This is Jay Dee.  Linda’s been a bit busy.  A popular blogger’s account was partially suspended, so she tried to help out.  Well, it was successful!  Great to see.  Anyway, if she can get an answer to me soon, I can put it up here as an edit.

Caren Rich

Full on epic fantasy.  Why?  Because I love it.  It is totally different than what I write.  (Southern mystery)  I would love to sit down and create a world, literally from the ground up.  I am amazed at the ability of writers to create a world straight from their imagination.

Jean Davis

I’d love to do a western. When I first took up writing seriously, I dabbled in westerns and sci-fi. Sci-fi won, but I still have that other story floating around in my head.

S. R. Carrillo

I would love to write a Western one day. Just a straight up cowboys-and-desert-towns-and-crooked-sheriffs kinda Western. I’m so clueless as to that time period, though, that I would need to submerge myself beneath research, and the extent of it would drown me with as much as I have on my plate already… Of course, I’d want it to be a queer Western, because there aren’t enough of those, and then I’d prolly get an itch to make the characters all POC and other kinds of awesome, and then at that point other genre tropes would just go flaming out the window…

D. T. Nova

Absurdism or nonsense. I’m not sure exactly how crazy I could get if I tried, but it might be interesting. And my mother thinks all science fiction is “weird” anyway, so I might as well write something really weird.

Amy Morris-Jones

I’m not sure why, but I kind of like the idea of trying out something in the neighborhood of the New Adult genre. I like the idea of fiction written for early 20 somethings, although I would like to write about those who didn’t go to college, as is the norm in that genre—shake things up a bit!

Tracey Lynn Tobin

I always thought that I would be pretty good at writing sci-fi, but the one time I tried to have a go at it it didn’t turn out very well…I think I wrote about three chapters, and there wasn’t much that was very “sci-fi-ish” about them. I would still like to write in the genre at some point in my career, but I think I would have to do a heck of a lot of research beforehand because apparently my brain doesn’t think as technologically as it once did.

Paul B. Spence

Thrillers in the style of Dean Koontz and Clive Barker.

H. Anthe Davis

I don’t think I’m clever enough to do a proper sci-fi or mystery, alas.  I might try psychological or paranormal horror, or pick up one of the magical-realism stories I wrote during college and try to turn that into a novel.  Or maybe do a nerdy slice-of-life tale, probably YA level.  I could handle that.

Jay Dee Archer

I think I would like to try historical fiction.  It’s the opposite of what I’m writing now, which is science fiction.  But it has similarities to the other genre I like to write, fantasy.  I enjoy history, and I’d love to explore life in various times of history.

How about you?

If you write, what other genre would you like to try?  Or if you don’t write, what would you like to try writing? Leave your answers in the comments below.

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Kindle Unlimited Myths

With the negativity I’ve been hearing about Kindle Unlimited lately, here’s something more positive. It’s good to look at the actual numbers, isn’t it?

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Kindle Myths

KINDLE UNLIMITED MYTHS

There are many myths about KDP Select floating around.

We now have several months of data, including data released directly from KDP.

In some cases, these facts debunk popular myths.

Let me begin by answering a question that may be on many authors’ minds, and then I’ll get to the myths vs. facts about Kindle Unlimited.

WHAT DID KINDLE UNLIMITED PAY IN DECEMBER, 2014?

Kindle Unlimited paid $1.43 per download read to 10% in December, 2014.

This brings me to the first myth.

MYTH #1: KINDLE UNLIMITED IS GOING DOWN EVERY MONTH

Actually, it’s gone up a little the past two months.

In October, 2014, it was $1.33. It climbed up to $1.39 in November, 2014, and again to $1.43 in December, 2014.

Despite the extra holiday traffic in December—especially, the after-Christmas traffic with people who received new Kindles—the Kindle Unlimited payments went up.

I think that’s…

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Book Review – Star Trek Nemesis

startreknemesisStar Trek Nemesis

Author: J. M. Dillard

Series: Star Trek Movie #10

Genre: Science Fiction

Published 2002

Review Copy: Hardcover gift

Overall Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5

Goodreads Description

Remus — mysterious sister world to Romulus. A planet where hope surrendered to darkness long ago. A planet whose inhabitants have been without a voice for generations. But that’s about to change. Earth — home to Starfleet, where the crew of the “U.S.S. Enterprise(TM) ” NCC 1701-E, gathers under the crystal blue skies of an Alaskan day to celebrate the wedding of Will Riker and Deanna Troi. The joy of the day is overshadowed only by the knowledge that this is the last time they will all be together, as soon-to-be Captain Riker and his ship’s counselor, Deanna Troi, will soon be departing for their new ship.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the “Enterprise” crew are suddenly diverted for an unexpected diplomatic mission to the planet Romulus. Longtime enemies of the Federation, the Romulans have expressed their desire to initiate negotiations that will hopefully lead to a long-awaited unity in the galaxy. But upon their arrival on Romulus, the Enterprise crew is faced with a threat that could lead to the destruction of the planet Earth, and Picard comes face to face with a man who may prove to be his most dangerous adversary yet…and a surprisingly personal nemesis.

Review

Star Trek Nemesis is the novelisation of a movie of the same name, and is the fourth featuring the Next Generation cast of characters.  It’s also the fourth Next Generation movie novelisation of J. M. Dillard, as she has done them all.  This is the first movie novelisation I’ve read, so it was interesting seeing how things went.  There are some good things and some not so good things.

The story is quite typical of a Star Trek movie, higher stakes, bigger potential losses.  The Enterprise is seeing the loss of several officers to different postings, but they’re all pulled together for one last adventure.  This time, it’s on to Romulus to find out what’s going on with the new Praetor, Shinzon.  He’s not who they expect.  Without giving anything away, there is, of course, a big battle with a bigger opponent and a last minute effort to turn the tide.  There is a big loss, though.  One that I wasn’t very happy about.

The characters are as I’ve always known them.  Their personalities are the same as always, which is good.  I don’t want their personalities to be altered in novels.  But they are exactly as they appeared in the TV series and movie.  Captain Jean-Luc Picard is the always strong diplomatic leader.  Commander William Riker is a big personality who I always enjoyed.  Lt. Commander Data is my favourite, and always has been.  He is wise, even for a human.  Lt. Commander Geordie LaForge is the very effective chief engineer and great friend to Data.  I felt he didn’t get as much focus in this book/movie.  Doctor Beverly Crusher Is the same as always, matronly, and a very good doctor.  Counselor Deanna Troi played a major part, though has never been a favourite of mine.  Lt. Commander Worf is welcomed back to the crew of the Enterprise after his Deep Space Nine assignment finished, and he is his usual gruff Klingon self.  On the other side, there’s Shinzon, the new Praetor.  He comes across as someone who doesn’t really know who or what he is.  He has many internal struggles and often showed a lack of control.  His Viceroy, a Reman, is straight out of horror movies the way he’s described.  I didn’t get much personality from him.  Overall, I thought the characters were as expected, no more, no less.

The writing disappointed me.  It read as a movie screenplay written as a novel.  There were words, such as “meanwhile” and “meantime” that I never see in other novels.  They’re placed at the beginning of scenes or at scene transitions, and they are not needed.  I’m also not a fan of the omniscient point of view.  We can hear every character’s thoughts and feelings in a scene, leaving everything known to us.  In the movie, we know none of this, but in the book, we know all.  It was a rather jarring difference, and I don’t think it added to the story very well.  On the positive side, it’s a faithful adaptation, as it’s pretty much exactly the same as the movie.  Usually, we worry about if a movie will adapt a book well, but this goes the other way.  I saw no problems with the adaptation.  I just didn’t like the writing style.

I find it hard to review a book of a movie I’ve already seen.  There was no suspense, no mystery.  I knew everything that was going to happen.  That is why I don’t like reading a book after seeing the movie.  I came away with nothing from reading this book, other than jogging my memory about the movie.  With that said, based on the book alone, it was a fast read, fast action, but not very detailed.

Overall, the novel gets a 2 1/2 out of 5 star rating from me.  Recommended to those who enjoy reading novelisations, as it was very faithful to the movie.  If you haven’t seen the movie, this may not appeal to you.

Safe Reviewing

As a reviewer and a writer, I have to agree with this post over on Lit World Interviews. It’s fine to be both a writer and reviewer, but it’s important to be careful. I pride myself on being a fair reviewer. If I don’t like something, I just give my opinion and state that it may appeal to certain people. I have recommended books I’ve rated 2 stars. I always recommend every book I review, but I often focus on a certain group of people who may enjoy it more than I did.

Of course, it’s also important to make sure there are no feuds or bad blood between authors. Not a good idea. So, I am never insulting in my reviews. I always try to be constructive and also state what I think is done well every book. I do want to support all authors.

Lit World Interviews

It’s important not to tarnish your brand when you’re in the public eye – or to invite others to tarnish it for you. No matter how small a fish you might think you are. As an Indie author you really do have to be reading books by other Indies as well your traditionally published favourites, and leaving reviews for our peers is absolutely necessary for the good of the whole tribe. I will ask you one question though – how many times have Dan Brown or J K Rowling publicly published a bad review of their peers? They don’t, because there are reviewers out there who get to do those things, and they probably don’t want to get into barnies with other scribblers either. If you have set yourself up as a book reviewer as well as an Indie author that’s fair enough, as long as you’re prepared to take…

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