Good morning all! Our guest at Star-Crossed Romance today is Joan Maze, author of Murder By Mistake. Joan will be discussing one of my favorite topics - research! She's also giving away one copy of her novel, Murder By Mistake to one lucky Star-Crossed Romance reader, Make sure to stop by to see how to enter the drawing!
He uses terms like Literary match, Feminine sentimentality, and Limited worldview. I'm not sure who labeled the man 'the greatest living writer of English prose' but I'll gladly take credit for labeling him the 'greatest misogynistic bore of modern prose'.
One of the things I've always said about writing is that the fiction author should be invisible. That includes the author's gender. Naipaul says he can determine the author's gender within a paragraph or two. He apparently even created a 'test'.
I took the 'The Naipaul test: Can you tell an author's sex?' and honestly, I found it almost as boring as Naipaul. But then again, maybe it's my Limited Worldview. Or my feminine sensibility that makes me think him boring. Or maybe it's his snobby attitude.
For the record, I got about 75% correct, including the paragraph from Naipaul which I found emotionally detached and remote. And, to be honest, somewhat trite and over done. So much for the 'greatest living writer of English prose'.
I started writing stories way back when I first learned to hold a pencil. Of course, Real Life took command and I had to put the writing on the back of the stove but I never really stopped. Then a few years ago, I started writing in earnest. I managed to get a few of my short stories published and an addiction was born.
Here are a few of my contest wins/finals:
HEARTSTONE: Golden Heart Finalist, TARA First Impressions Finalist
DEVIL'S CHOICE: Golden Gateway, OVRWA Enchanted Quill, Golden Pen, Ignite The Flame, Molly, MRW Stepping Stone, NOLA Stars Suzannah, Duel On The Delta, Great Expectations, Merritt
RIDER: Molly, OTFS, Great Expecations, Winter Rose