Questions Authors Hate To Be Asked
The questions I hate to hear when people find out I’m an author.
- Really? (Nope I’m lying to you.)
- What do you write?/What’s that? (Paranormal–urban fantasy — look it up, go do it now I’ll wait here, go do it now…GO NOW!!!)
- Do you know so and so? So and So is such an amazing author…(nope, never heard of them, never ever! *fingers in ears lalalalala)
- So are you going to quit your day job now or something? (head on desk *sigh)
And to the people that know I’m an author
- Will you put me in your next book? (yes, do you mind if I kill you off?)
- Shouldn’t you know that, I mean your an author and all? (Because authors know everything!?!? EVERYTHING I SAY)
- I sure wish I could just sit around and “imagine” stuff for fun. (You can with the right type of medication)
- When are you going to be done writing your next book? (I have no snarky remark for this, at any given moment I have so many ideas rolling around in my head. So many works in progress. Or god forbid I have nothing at all going on. And everything is silent. Either way this question has me wanting to drive a steak through your heart.)
- So are you going to quit your day job now or something? (head on desk (repeatedly)*sigh)
Are you an author? What questions do you hate to hear? Let me know below.
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Is it just me, or have hero’s in popular fiction become less a hero and more a sidekick?
And who the hell wants a sidekick for a hero, I want a hero to be just that the hero. I want him to swing in and save the day. I want him to jump off the page and save the day. I want him to be bigger then the book can contain, I want him to overwhelm me and take my breath away. I want the each and ever encounter to be breath taking and I want it to be the pricpess of the roller-coaster Not the faithful sidekick giving advice and faithfully sticking at the side of the heroine to back her up on her quest for glory.
Now don’t get me wrong, I want my heroine to be kick ass as well. And the fact that more heroines are being written in YA, NA as the main role is wonderful. But why does the hero have to be put as the sidekick? How the hell did that happen?
But is it possible to have two kick-ass characters in one book? HELL YES!! Why the hell not?
–The Bone Season — Paige totally kick ass Warden totally kick ass
–Sirantha Jax Series, — Jax kicking space butt and taken names while flying space ships. March doing the same!!
Lets go old school fantasy Tiger and Del by: Jennifer Robertson Tiger and Del are both cutthroat butt kickers.
Okay so now that examples have been provided I just want there to be equal footing given. And I know that I have named qualities above that are seriously unattainable and unrealistic even in fiction. But seriously what the hell happened to the HERO?
Where Have All the HERO’s Gone?
Enjoy this months discussion.
It’s A Book Thing is proud to announce Coffee with Christie interview with author Heather Lyons
A Matter of Heart.
A Matter of Heart
After a brutal attack by the Elders, her life is turned upside down once more. Accusations fly throughout the Council and Guard, forcing Chloe to confront her worst fears about what’s she’s capable of as a Creator. And then there’s the matter of Kellan Whitecomb, Jonah’s twin brother and Chloe’s ex, who resurfaces after disappearing months before. Although Chloe chose Jonah, and despite their best efforts, the two find it hard to stay away from one another.
But no matter what Fate throws at her, Chloe is determined to take charge of her life, even as it begins to spiral out of control.
*This is a New Adult title, suitable for readers 18+
Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.
How author Haley Fisher finds the time to write…
The honest answer? I write when I’m really supposed to be doing other things… Not the best plan, I know, but that’s seemingly when I’m always the most inspired. Somehow, in my head, my brain interprets, “I really need to get (insert other thing here) done” into “OMG, I just had the best plot idea”. So normally whatever I’m supposed to do get pushed off to the side for minute so I don’t forget whatever I came up with for my story.
Truthfully, for me, writing time is hard to come by. Not only because the world we live in is so busy, but because I do so many things. I am a student, a church volunteer, a babysitter, an employee, and then of course a friend, family member, and avid reader/TV watcher. It’s difficult to do all those things fully while also having plenty of time to write. Most of the time, I find the time to write in my in-between moments. Sometimes during a classroom lecture. Sometimes on breaks at work. Sometimes while watching a show or movie I already know and love enough that my attention can be divided. Between classes. Really late at night. Those are my writing times. I have a hard time carving a chunk out of the middle of my days just to write. But sometimes I manage that, too.
Overall, I write when I’m inspired. At those times it isn’t so much finding time to write as making time. If I really want to write, then I write. If it’s ten minutes, or two hours, I write. When there is a sudden scene that I can’t wait to get on paper, I drop whatever I’m doing, and I write. That is pretty much the only writing schedule I go by. Now that it’s summer break, I should have much more time to work on scenes and chapters throughout the middle of the day rather than worrying about it keeping from doing more necessary things like homework.
Hopefully someday I’ll have the time—without school or babysitting—to just spend days and days jumping from restaurant to coffee shop to park so I can write to my heart’s content, maybe getting a story finished every six or seven months. For now, I have to work around everything else I’ve got in my life. And while it’s working, it isn’t easy.
About the author: Haley Fisher
I’m Haley Fisher, a college student in Kansas, and I’ve just signed a contract with a company called Silver Tongue Press to publish my first book!
For as long as I can remember I’ve been an avid reader and an aspiring writer, but the step toward actually getting a book published is an enormous one for me. This is a big deal. And, as I’ve been told, the next step to being successful is getting the word out that my book exists.
So, though it’s not in print yet—it’s coming out February 14th—I’d love for people to keep an eye out for Rising Calm. It’ll be the first in a series of books about a young girl who finds out her life and her fate are far bigger than she ever realized. At the risk of giving too much away, the most I can tell you for now is that there is magic, prophecy, new worlds, and a cast of characters who I love to write.
You can find her at:
Haley Fisher’s Website
by: Lisa Binion
About the author: Lisa Binion
Silver Tounge Press,
~Close Ups and Close Encounters~
The print version, also filled with beautiful full color photographs, is also available:Close Ups and Close Encounters: A View From Behind The Lens