It’s Friday, and we all know what that means… That’s right! It’s time to call in sick for a three-day weekend! It’s also time for Ned’s Nickel’s Worth on Writing, which many bosses, especially editors, accept as a legitimate cause for illness. So go ahead and read this before making that phone call! For those who might be visiting for the first time, I should explain my weekly NWOW is when I take what I’ve learned from 15 years as a columnist and filter out the impurities, much like that water filter in your refrigerator that hasn’t been changed since you bought it, and offer you a refreshing glass of slightly sulfuric-smelling wisdom.
But don’t take my word for it! Publishers Digestion has called my NWOW, “…Writing advice you can’t find anywhere else. And we’d like to keep it that way…” and what The Master of Horror® Stephen King has heralded as “…Writing wisdom that keeps me awake at night…”
But enough accolades!
This week’s NWOW is a bit of a departure for several reasons, beginning with the fact that I’m pretty sure “alligator” and “erotica” have never been used together in the same title. In addition, this week’s NWOW also kicks off a two-part post focusing on interview styles. Earlier this week, I had the privilege of being Marcia Meara’s guest at her blog Bookin’ It where, in addition to book reviews, she interviews authors each Wednesday. Marcia is also the author of the Florida swampland thriller Swamp Ghost (Don’t blame me if you have nightmares about albino alligators) and Wake-Robin Ridge, a paranormal romance thriller that has been known to freak out albino alligators. Oh, and did I mention Marcia is a hilariously hip grandmother?
Marcia’s easy conversational style is an interesting contrast to the more provocative and straightforward questions posed by erotica novelist Eden Baylee who, in addition to having eight highly popular books to her name including her latest release Stranger At Sunset due out June 30, has a wicked sense of humor and is a very giving supporter of writers.
My interview with Eden will appear on her blog next Friday, which I will include as the second part of this post.
Why am I doing this? After completing these two interviews, I was struck by how each distinct style prompted me to reveal different things about myself, and the lessons I learned about how the same subject can offer different perspectives based on the approach and style of the interviewer.
Plus, I don’t want to be the only person having nightmares about an erotic albino alligator.
Now, on to Bookin’ It with Marcia Meara…
I’m so pleased to have Ned Hickson with us today for this week’s Author Interview. I’ve been following Ned’s blog as long as I’ve been on WordPress, and know for a fact, it’s the perfect way to start the day. Ned’s laugh out loud sense of humor has caused me to spew Earl Grey all over my keyboard on numerous occasions, but that’s something he and I are still addressing. (You owe me for THREE now, Big Guy!) 😉
Welcome to Bookin’ It, Ned. It’s great to have you here today. Can you tell us a bit about how you became a writer?
NED: I am frequently asked how I became a writer. Mostly by my editor here at Siuslaw News. Except when she says it, the words sound more like an accusation than a question. I can honestly say I’ve been a storyteller since as far back as I can remember, back before I could actually write words. My mom used to record my spontaneous stories on cassettes, which she lovingly kept, knowing that someday I would want them and be willing to pay any price to keep them from falling into the hands of someone like Jerry Springer… (Read more at Bookin’ It)