I used to read a lot of Piers Anthony, and love his long author's note at the end of the book. Most of the time it is gossip about his WIPs, suggestions made by readers, and general happenings in his life. However Piers isn't backwards in getting snippy with people who disagree with him. Reading these author's notes he does everything that authors are told not to do, including being very vocal about editors, publishers and readers. However Piers Anthony isn't just bitching, he's always been very interactive with his readers, incorporating their ideas and puns into his books.
So why am I burbling about a fantasy writer? Because this man works damn hard at his craft and has done for many years, interacts with his fans, and isn't above keeping his books his. I admire Piers for being the type of writer I want to become. He listens to his fans but he's no yes man.
The last couple of weeks have been hard in the gayromance genre. We've had to suck up the registration debacle from GayRomLit, and a stinging judgement of the quality of the genre from Reviews by Jessewave, written by reviewers and readers.
I can't deny that both these events have affected me, and delayed my writing. Hey, no one likes the implication that they're a second class writer. However the amount of damage it does is up to me. I can either sit wibbling under my denial blanket, or I can write all the stories inside me, and ignore the author-bashing. I can't write to the order of reviewers or readers, but I can write the books that I want to; different lengths, different categories, and celebrating gay relationships.
This blog is not aimed at GRL or Jessewave. It's aimed at me. Time to fill up the coffee pot, stock up on chocolate and get fingers to keys. I have worlds to create and romance to dream about.
Smoke me a kipper. I'll be back for breakfast.