- Nicola’s 5X5 Books today over at About Last Night courtesy of CAAF.
- There’s also the roundtable extravaganza, with great convos going on in the comments so far: part 1 from yesterday and today’s part 2 today.
- And see Kassia’s meditations on genre and when readers cross the aisle (which I already linked to once here!). We’ll be talking about some of these same issues in the final installment of the roundtable.
Really, really, really don’t miss Nicola’s guest essay at Booksquare about the difficulties (and joys) of writing a series character who changes and genre expectations and the whole ball of wax. A snippet:
I hadn’t set out to write a series character (I was halfway through The Blue Place before I understood the novel was merely the first act of the play that was Aud); I’d never really considered how it might be to write more than one book from first person. I wasn’t ready. So when I sat down to write Stay in the same bullet-train, cold-edged, urban-metaphored style as The Blue Place, I was shocked that it wouldn’t work. Aud was not only in a different geographic and emotional place, she persisted in seeing and responding differently. I kept writing then throwing away chapters, and then one day, duh, it hit me: change the metaphor systems, change the focal length, change the expectations. That is, change the voice. Just don’t change it too much.