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Vaginas and writing: Is it important to know a #writer is a woman?
This subject has hit home for me several times in my writing career. I’m often immediately confronted with “Do you write romance/erotica?” when I talk about my writing. And while my first book has a heavy romantic element, the rest of my work is just about as far from romance as one gets. I try to describe my work as either fantastic works (such as my paranormal mysteries or fantasy shorts and novel) or slice of life, general fiction (such as several shorts and my upcoming Feather in a Hurricane novella). The fact that my books contain sex or romantic relationships, however, seems to automatically place them in many people’s minds in the “romance” genre.
Don’t get me wrong. Romance writing is valid writing. I enjoy reading #romance books as well, when the mood strikes. And, while #genre definition can be tricky for authors, it is easy to see the character archetypes in a story and simply focus on the relationship aspects, giving way to romantic categorization. The injustice of doing this with all #books with heavy interpersonal character #relationships, instead of focusing on the character development or emotional journey of a story, is profound and a discredit to both the #author and #reader.
I suppose it’s like one of my favorite movie #quotes however: “You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions.” (The Breakfast Club, 1985) Until women who write stand up and say, “I am a writer. I am not my gender; I am not my race; I am not my socioeconomic background,” we will be constantly defined by our #vaginas. #ebooks #amwriting
Original Article that sparked my rant: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carrie-la-seur/the-most-important-thing-about-my-writing_b_5933192.html?utm_hp_ref=books&ir=Books
committed almost every ‘bad deed’ in the book of ‘How to Be An Author’, she now strives to educate other writers through humor and simple instruction.
“Sharply written, with characters that readers will be happy to see again.” —Kirkus Reviews Blood Line is a high-voltage spy thriller that redefines rogue—the Granger Spy Novel series introduces a loving family with lethal issues caught in the crosshairs of global arms dealers. When a simple home invasion turns out to be not so simple, Ron Granger must put aside his quiet rural life and return to the Central Intelligence Agency. Aided by his brilliant wife, Valerie, and resourceful teen daughter, Leecy, Ron must quickly decide who to believe among the calculating opportunists, shrewd criminals, and power-hungry rival agencies racing to possess the technology that will change modern warfare forever. But when Leecy is kidnapped, Ron and Val must choose between the mission and a rescue. With time quickly running out, Ron only knows one thing: When you can’t trust anyone else, trust your family.
Thu Oct 23 – Charlotte NC7:00pm – 8:30pm Charlotte NC Park Road Books – 4139 Park Road Charlotte, NC C 28209 Wed Oct 29 – NYC6:30pm – 8:30pm NYC Mysterious Bookshop – 58 Warren St, New York, NY 10007 Fri Nov 7 – Chicago12:00pm – 1:00pm Chicago – Barbara’s Books Willis Tower – Willis Tower Chicago – Lower Level 233 S. Wacker Drive Chicago Nov 8 – Burr Ridge, IL1:00pm – 2:00pm Chicago – Barbara’s Books Burr Ridge – 810 Village Center Dr, Illinois and Michigan Canal, Burr Ridge, IL 60527 John J. Davis is the author of the Granger Spy Novel series, including Blood Line and the soon to be published sequel, Bloody Truth, available Spring 2015. Davis grew up in the Southeastern US and after university traveled extensively in North America during his career as a regional sales rep and independent broker for leaders in the transportation, shipping and pharma industries. His years sitting in lobbies and airports honed his skill for human observation and fed his talent for writing fast-paced, character-driven stories. His inspiration for the Granger family-of-spies comes from the people he has known and his family roots in the Carolinas–the extraordinarily strong and gentle women and men, whose lives are defined by the love, trust and respect for family. Currently at work on the third Granger Spy Novel and a screenplay, Davis lives near Atlanta with his wife, daughter and two dogs.
Excerpt from ‘Bloody Truth’ releasing Spring 2015. To learn more about the Grangers and the Granger Spy Novels visit John Davis’ Official website
Glancing away from the target, I saw Val. There was something emanating from her. Maybe the thrill of being on mission again after sixteen years of being a mom ignited something inside her, because she was glowing. She was exquisite in her little black dress–all beauty and grace. Moving through the coach with such ease and composure, her presence alone was enough to cause the men to blush and the women to fume. She’s exactly what she needed to be tonight. She was irresistible, and I was the envy of all the men. “Like mother, like daughter,” I said as Valerie eased up next to me. “You look amazing, and you still take my breath away.” “Thank you, dear,” Valerie said, and kissed me full on the lips. “Hmm…salty. You taste good,” I said. “I’m starving so I sampled the caviar in the dining car. We haven’t eaten since this morning,” she explained. Leecy, interrupting our private moment, said, “Okay, you two, this isn’t date night. The target is at my twelve o’clock. Time to station is fifteen minutes. Ready?” Valerie and I sipped from my flute of champagne and said, “Ready.” Copyright @ John J. Davis
*This post sparked by a Facebook Meme and the resultant comments. The meme stated: “Writers literally create worlds from scratch… What is sexier than that? I don’t know why every person out there isn’t dating a writer.” by Rachel Bloom. This article is a hybrid of ideas presented about the nature of ‘being a writer’, the thoughts they led me to, and the further expansion of thought/comments from Facebook, Twitter, and private messaging.*
|Duality (from the Pinacoteca Central)|
Few understand what it means to be a writer.
Yes, they know about our love of words, our fanatical need to perfect a sentence, and our frenzied creative bursts. But grasping the reality of what it is like to be a writer is a concept so foreign it makes others feel uncomfortable or rejected.
There are only two worlds that exist for writers.
|Conversations with No One|
becomes six months; becomes a year. A year of not interacting, not being distracted, not participating in anything but Time Writing. No one’s patience is that infinite. But a writer’s need of Time Writing is that expansive. Suddenly the need for detachment is unhealthy, although a writer has never been happier. The desire for the writer to rejoin the Time Not Writing world becomes pressing, and we rejoin it, with reluctance
and an outright bitch-fest but understanding.
BC Brown is the author of three novels and has participated in multiple short story anthologies. Having committed almost every bad deed in the book of ‘How to Be An Author’, she now strives to educate other writers through humor and simple instruction.