In 1989, Bruce Sterling, a cyberpunk author, coined slipstream to create a genre that mixed the boundaries of science fiction with fantasy, mainstream literary, and horror. What is slipstream by definition? To quote Sterling, this is “a kind of writing which simply makes you feel very strange, the way that living in the late twentieth century makes you feel, if you are a person of a certain sensibility.” Okay, but what is slipstream you ask? It has been called “the fiction of strangeness,” probably the clearest definition we’ll ever have. James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel, editors of Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology, argue slipstream is best described by having cognitive dissonance as its heart, and that it is “not so much a genre as a literary effect, like horror or comedy.” Slipstream resides between speculative and mainstream fiction if you consider it a genre, but without a good definition, it’s easier to tell what slipstream is not, rather than is. Slipstream is not New Age, futuristic, magic realism, techno tempermented, pure science fiction or filled with central dogmas. It does not extrapolate. The author will not write and then explore the consequences or social and technological implications ... Read More »
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I’ve always gotten great inspiration from listening to music, often times when I’m in my car driving from one place to another. I’ll hear a line of a song and something strikes me, and soon a story is fleshing itself out in my mind. I can’t wait to get home and jot down my notes. At Totally Bound we have taglines for our books, approximately twenty-five words that capture the spirit of the story. For my latest release Peyton’s Pursuit, the tagline is ‘A home invasion leaves one man dead. Can the KCPD track down the killer before anyone else is murdered?’ For me, taglines can also be equated to the chorus lines in songs. A couple of my favorites that evoke strong images for me are first, from Josh Taylor’s song, Would You Go With Me, the line “If I gave you my hand would you take it and make me the happiest man in the world?” (Lyrics Copyright Sony/ATV Music) This line always stops me in my tracks. I’m sure the songwriters didn’t intend it to about be one man speaking to another, but since I write primarily gay romance that’s the way I envision it. And it ... Read More »
Bestseller’s Secret by Adrienne deWolfe From Dyslexic to Bestseller and Indie Pioneer to Amazon Consultant: No Obstacle too High for Ortolon Imagine being functionally illiterate: You can’t jot a phone message. You can’t write a check. Words look like “squiggles” on a page. Now imagine that your dream is to become a successful published novelist. Sounds like the makings of an intriguing, heroic character, right? Well, USA Today Bestselling Romance author Julie Ortolon is the embodiment of that intrepid heroine—and then some. Not only did she overcome dyslexia to live her writing dream, she doggedly hurdled escalating career obstacles (including publisher buyouts and tanking sales) to keep her dream alive. Fed up with traditional publishing, she finally extricated herself completely from that world. She became a pioneer in electronic self-publishing and earned a staggering income for having the courage to reinvent herself. This is one Indie author whom Amazon.com board members call when they want to talk about electronic publishing trends! When I first conceived of the column, “Bestseller’s Secret,” I wanted to inspire readers and writers alike, by sharing the wisdom of authors who had the courage to ignore the naysayers and the tenacity to beat the odds. Naturally, I ... Read More »
Writing for Barbara Donlon Bradley started innocently enough, like most she kept diaries, journals, and wrote an occasional letter but she also had a vivid imagination and wrote scenes and short stories adding characters to her favorite shows and comic books. As time went on she found the passion for writing to be a strong drive for her. Humor is also very strong in her life. No matter how hard she tries to write something deep and dark, it will never happen. That humor bleeds into her writing. Since she can’t beat it she has learned to use it to her advantage. Now she lives in Tidewater Virginia with two cats, one mother in law – whose 87 now, her husband and son. BTS: What is your next writing project? Barbara: It’s actually an ongoing project. I’ve been working on a series called the Vespian Way for several years now. The seventh book in the series, Stolen Desire came out on July 29th. I’m polishing the eighth book, Hidden Desire, finishing the rough draft of the ninth book and have started the rough draft of the tenth one. BTS: Do you have a specific writing style? Barbara: Mine is ... Read More »
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