One of the main questions I am often asked by first time authors is,
ďHow do I define my genre?Ē I always think itís incredibly obvious
until I realize that perhaps I take genre definitions for granted
because I spent so long in the publishing business. So Iím going to
include an easy guide for picking your genre. Sure, itís a bit
tongue and cheek, but itís definitely true as well.
You wrote this book, about your life. If a person with a typewriter
and/or laptop has been following you around for years (with or
without your knowledge) and has now written a book about your life,
that is a biography.
month in Author we are featuring interviews with two
non-fiction authors, both of whom, I believe, are carrying a useful
and timely message.
Daniel Pinkís book Drive takes a scientific look at
motivation. What he found, lo and behold, was that people are
ultimately less motivated by money and safety than they are by an
internal desire for mastery and progress. Sound familiar? While his
book is aimed theoretically at the business world, I chose to
interview Daniel because I felt his work and all that he has learned
is directly applicable to writers. Writing is all about motivation,
and the more you understand the source of that motivation, the
better your work will be, and the happier you will be doing it. more...
Abbey saw the sudden light before she saw the thing
itself. It came from behind the church, the harbor instantly as
bright as day. . . .
With that meteor strike in Maine, Doug Prestonís new devastatingly
effective thriller Impact is off and running. Thereís no
shortage of intrigue here, three interconnected plotlines worth
which Preston balances with the aplomb and skill weíve come to
expect from him. more...
The other day I was playing with our cat Lou and because he is still
relatively new to me (we got him about a month ago), I found myself
studying him. What I noticed as I watched him play, first tracking
some string and then a small toy, is that every time heíd catch what
he was after, he would soon let it go. Because if he were to
continue holding on, the fun would be over and the game done.
Letting go of his hold was clearly critical so the next thing could