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My First Euroland Sales!

Autograph Books Shown to be the Most Popular Offering in Author’s Portfolio

Thank you! to my newest customer(s). I appreciate your support, and sincerely hope that you enjoy your purchases.

The performance of my expanded portfolio has been very encouraging over the past year. It took a long time (and a couple of serious illnesses) for me to discover what else I could offer my readership while my second and third novels are still in the works, but I hope the numbers shown in the chart below mean that I’m meeting the needs of book lovers all over the world.

As you can see, in my characteristic disregard of the advice of writing gurus and publishing gatekeepers, I am not confining my creative works to the same genre I entered with my first book, the Literary/Romance/Fusion Fiction novel Irish Firebrands. Although it’s a very slow seller, my first novel has been complimented and reviewed fairly and positively despite its controversial subject matter. My next two novels, a prelude and a sequel, will be similar. But just because I can see such scenes and hear that kind of dialogue doesn’t mean I can’t indulge in following other avenues of creativity and enjoy producing other kinds of books.

Nor need you avoid diversifying your portfolios, my Indie Author friends. Whatever you feel like writing, just do your best when writing it. There will always be readers out there who will rejoice in discovering your range of talents and welcoming your work into their lives.



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Aren’t You A Novelist?

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Irish Firebrands is my first novel. It took almost three weeks shy of three years to write, and after about fifteen months of editing and beta-proofreadiing, I published it four years ago.

I have two more novels in the works: The Passions of Patriots (a historical prelude) and Once Burnt, Twice Blind (a sequel).

But if you’re a novelist, what’s up with all the non-fiction books you’ve been putting out?

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I’ve been very ill for about two years, with diseases and treatments that have affected my ability to write fiction. But I still feel the urge to be creative, which is another way of saying, “That’s where the Muse has led me.” Because writing non-fiction is not as demanding as writing fiction (I was writing non-fiction for many years before I started writing novels), these different kinds of books have been a way to use my creativity as a form of occupational therapy – and get the Muse off my back!

But isn’t this blog supposed to be about your novel, and being a novelist?

Although my blog has predominantly featured posts analyzing the many facets of the creative writing process that brought Irish Firebrands into the world, a lot of my posts also discuss the calling of a Writer as an Artist, and the nature of being an Indie Author. Both of these roles are founded on self-determination, which means that we as Writer Artists and Indie Authors embrace our freedom to create the kind of Art that best communicates our messages, and that we exercise our rights to control its production and publication in the Art Marketplace. Therefore, I publish posts about my non-fiction in support of authors who decide to mix genres in their works, or to change genres altogether.

It’s taking a long time to regain my strength, and as the medications slowly take effect, I’m finally beginning to see snippets of fictional scenes and hear scraps of dialogue again, so I hope to return to creative writing sometime this year. But for right now, as my friend, fellow blogger, and Caledonian Bard Seumas Gallacher, author of thrillers, has said about his recent decision to launch into a long-contemplated Literary Fiction novel,”it’s ‘time’ to write ‘that OTHER book’….


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Third Rail Writing.

Recent blog posts about banned books have shown that, unlike the other Arts, inappropriate taboos are still inflicted on the Art of Writing. These restrictions define and confine a Third Rail: supercharged concepts barricaded behind signs that say, Don’t write here.

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Included among these powerful ideas are dilemmas that can affect love stories, such as something that prevents them from ending Happily Ever After (or at least Happy For Now); or whatever may be perceived as altering the distribution of power that’s assumed to accompany sexual dimorphism, such as a heroine who is more economically successful or sexually experienced than the hero; and even passionate middle-aged or elderly lovers. Such strong stories can end up being shelved as Women’s Fiction, a vague category that’s guaranteed to obscure almost any book that lands there.

Another warning sign above the Third Rail is the dogma that proscribes a writer’s crossing genre lines. Oddly enough, this prohibition conflicts with the doctrine that urges the cultivation of name recognition: to achieve branding as a great storyteller. The ability to spin a good yarn is a personal trait, independent of the type of story being told. To suggest that the teller of a well-told story in one genre will lose readership by switching to another, can only be a fairy tale told by trolls intent on derailing an author’s reputation for effective writing.

Related to this is the persistent lack of an official category for what I call Fusion Fiction: crossing genre lines within one work. Irish Firebrands is one such book, because of its combination of Boomer-Lit, romantic beach-read,  social-political-historical commentary, paranormal, inspirational, and psychological elements.

Crossing genre lines within one work offers a reader the opportunity to focus on the desired aspect of the reading experience. If you’re looking for a love story, wallow in it. If you like to puzzle out paranormal clues, have at it. If you want to get inside the heads of characters in a psychological melodrama, go for it. If you’re into to learning facts or skills, or traveling to a different place or time to experience a culture or history, more power to you. If you seek encouragement from reading a story that’s uplifting, inspirational, metaphysical or visionary, be my guest. If you enjoy thought-provoking controversy or pungent social commentary, prepare to be pungently provoked.

Unfortunately, the effort to avoid crossing genre lines within one story, may be what makes it difficult for some who do write within a single genre to create well-developed characters. I can think of nothing that’s better guaranteed to result in a flat, uninteresting “cardboard” character, than to deny that character the opportunity to think, say, and live the variety of things that real people get to do.

Moreover, social, political, or historical commentary, psychopathology, and metaphysical or inspirational themes are also among the subjects that can electrify the Third Rail. When character-catalyzing controversies are made off-limits, writers may resort to awkward back-story data dumping, relying on excessively detailed physical descriptions, and proposing improbable plots to drive their stories.

Should all stories combine genres? Perhaps not, but the leavening that some amount of mixing can provide, would go far towards eliminating charges of “formulaic” genre fiction.

Fusion Fiction powered by the Third Rail invites readers to an experience as vivid and varied as any may wish life would be. If a story challenges me to join up the dots in a different way, every time I re-read it, you’ll find that novel in my bookcase.

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