If you hang out on writer forums, every so often the subject of those four-letter words will come up. Sometimes it’s broached by a timid writer who isn’t sure if using them will hurt her chances of publication or terrorize readers. Sometimes it’s brought up by a writer, who boldly declares that any author who uses curse words only does so because he doesn’t have the imagination of a garden slug, and so relies on them as a crutch.
Note: The ELEW is having some technical issues with posting, so in order to keep the scheduled posts coming, I (Dina) will be posting a couple of blog entries this week that aren't written by me. Today's entry is brought to you by Lieutenant Quillstabber, Skye Christakos
The most common question asked authors is "Where do your ideas come from?" It's an odd question, really, because the people who ask it seem to think that authors have some kind of clue where their ideas come from. Perhaps some authors do. I know everyone's writing process differs, but I think how we come up with ideas differs too. There is no magical book that supplies plot ideas or characters. I kind of wish there was. But everyone comes up with their stories in their own ways.Read more
I feel like I’ve had this discussion with people on every form of social networking across the internet lately. And I really shouldn’t be too surprised. After all, we live in a commercial society. You can’t watch television, listen to music, go see a movie, or even drive down the street without being barraged by some kind of advertisement. Using the internet for ads happened almost right away. It only makes sense that whenever the next big internet trend appears, the advertisers will be there to exploit it.Read more
I dreamed one night that my sister had adopted a skeletal chicken as a pet. It was a creepy little thing, naturally, but she would smile maternally as it skittered around on its little skeletal feet, clacking its wings.Read more
“I had trouble connecting with the heroine, though she was ultimately sympathetic.”
“I didn’t like the main character at first, though she was true to her nature.”
“I found her really unlikable with no redeemable qualities for awhile.”
These are just some of the comments I hear about my work, and in a way it’s a study of contradictions. I both agree and disagree when I hear it. Pride swells in me right next to a rising sense of panic and need to argue.Read more
As it began, so shall it end. *cue the evil laugh*
I mean, what better way to acknowledge the end of the inaugural month of the Evil League of Evil Writers than with an evil interview AND giveaway, just as we did for the start of it?
And honestly...it's a spectacular ending to our first month.
Today we have a very special guest in the hallowed halls of our evil lair. TWO special guests, in reality. Author Ilona Andrews is actually two people - amazing crime-fighting duo spousal unit writing team, Ilona and Gordon.
Thank you very much to our illustrious (I love using that word...really) guests for taking time out of their very busy schedule to bring us this information join us here today!
Now, without further ado, here is the Evil Interview with Ilona Andrews!