She has been battling for 11 years now, so it isn't anything new to us, just a new tumor really. Writing is what has gotten me through many a trial and tribulation over the years. Thanks for the kind words :)
Thought I'd give you a shout over here, as the conversation on the board seemed to be kind of settled. Just wanted to say that I do think there's plenty of market for books that appeal to male readers, and that finding a readership that's more balanced, gender-wise, may position you to receive more critical attention from the bigger venues. It's true that more books are purchased by women, but more books are reviewed by men. Funny double-edged sword, really... I guess for me the path has always been to write the novels I want to write and THEN figure out -- with publishers -- how best to market them.
Since the first 10 pgs of my MS have generated some interest, and I think it may be waning after 30 pgs, what part of it should I post on virtual critique? Also, is that private? The query critiques were not and pull up via google searches.
You finished the book in one night?? Holy cow! Well, I am so glad you enjoyed it! (Send me your email address and I'll put you on my list for newsletter about the next book I'm working on. You can fine it at
Tina, I tried to respond to you yesterday, but (you are going to laugh) I couldn't get the chat box off my screen! It covered half of it, including the "Add Comment" button. I was so frustrated. Apparently rebooting took care of the issue, because it is gone today, thank goodness.
We need to friend up in Good Reads. Thanks so much for your offer to post there and on Amazon. That helps!
Thank you. I am currently working on my third book although i haven't published any one, as it is very difficult for a new writer to get published in Nigeria. Hopefully will be published by next year.I am a sucker for romance and family. I have a blog www.secretlilies.blogspot.com. I really love encouraging women and love to make money. I write articles which I submit to a local newspaper in Nigeria. Would love to do more international writing, and get famous for it. Joined this forum so I can write more and meet a lot of women doing stuffs. Thanks again for being my friend. I can maybe email you some of my short stories, if you like...
Hi Tina, Thanks for getting back to me so fast. I also read how you lost your critique partner. So sad. Lovely that you honored her. Perhaps we should share some smaller writing first, especially since we don't know each other. Do you have any online publications? I have a few flash fiction pieces on Doorknobs & BodyPaint. The current issue and several others that can be accessed from the Website. If not, perhaps a short story? You can also go to my Website to read some of my work. This manuscript is a tough read with a tough subject matter, childhood sexual abuse told from the child's point of view. It may or may not be something you would want to critique....
This scene is from a novel in which the character is home-schooled because of a bad heart and has imaginary playmates from other times that turn out to be past life memories. So each odd # chapter is written in the voice of the child, while each even # is him as an adult, after his folks died and he is out on his own trying to sort things through. He will slowly figures out that he has loved a woman in life after life but always died young, leaving her to grieve into old age alone. This time around they met again as nine year olds when she used to come by his house, but then she was torn away by divorce.
So I had very different personalities at very different ages all influenced by how they interact. A real challenge.
But then I made it even harder for myself:
2/3rds of the way through the book, I killed off the narrator just as his lover is finding her way back.
She decides that maybe through all those lives it wasn'thim abandoning her by always dying young, but actually herabandoning him by not following him.
She decides to kill herself so they can break this cycle and be together forever, but he has to find a way from the other side to stop her.
For an artist, no challenge is insurmountable; some just take a little more time and contemplation.
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Delete Comment I'm old at writing, but new at blogging, so I may be screwing this up, but I'm trying to reply to Tina Deschamps' comment. I, too, am writing a first person novel from a male perspective, which is fortunate, since I happen to be one; at least this time around. I've written several novels, each rich with multi-layered and evolving characters. I can never be satisfied with someone simply being male, or female. I need to get deeply into where each is at this age, in this specific moment, and how he relates to his surroundings. When he looks at a window, does he see the light streaming in for him, or the heavy, wet dust lying everywhere? Does he hear the birds outside and hope to join them, or does he think such joys are forever beyond his reach?
Such things go well beyond the limits of "a male feels this way," but a female always feels that."
I write the book out draft after draft, each time pausing longer in each moment with each character to truly breathe in that same air. We come alive together as we move beyond labels into being real.
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