We are more than one thing.

When I hear authors saying, “Stick to one genre, you’ll be more popular”, I get IRKED. I am more than one thing; you are too.

At my day job, I work in multiple departments to keep busy. If I’m having a slow day in administration, I can hop on the phones and take sales, or join the retail team to cash out customers. Heck I’ve even gone to the warehouse to pick product.

At home I’m a wife, a dog mom/walker, a chief, a cleaner, gardener, furniture assembler, financer, and the occasional handy-assistant. (Husband is all that too — that’s the point)

So why when I write must I work with one tool? Well, guess what, it’s not going to happen anytime soon. I enjoy testing the waters of new ideas. The characters for each genre are so vastly different, too. This helps me stay fresh, innovative and bring more to my fans than same ole’ same ole’.

What are your roles in life, do you stay with what you know, or enjoy dabbling in everything? Share your thoughts with our fellow readers. OR make the case against me as to why staying true is the ultimate.

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Author Spotlight

I would like to introduce you to Zane Dowling, my friend, editor, and mentor. He passes on some sage advice. Read below and when you’re done, why not go buy one of his superb books, you won’t regret it.  P.s. my favorite is “Brother’s Keeper. Link below.

The one thing I want you to take away from my time in this little spotlight is to consider as your utmost goal the idea of bringing the best possible story to your readers.  Imagine presenting a puzzle for others to see.  If you haven’t put that puzzle together in the best possible way they will not enjoy it as much as they could.  Suppose you have just stuffed the pieces of the puzzle together without making sure the pieces fit, or you jammed a few pieces in because they fit but didn’t make sure they matched the surrounding parts of the picture, you will have given the viewer an incomplete picture.

Does this mean you have to strive for perfection?  Of course it does.  You have to be diligent for your readers; it’s not about you it’s about them.  You must check, recheck, have someone else check, check again and then you will need to step back and see what the finished puzzle looks like one more time.

I understand that no one is perfect. I have found typos in various published works where you would not expect them.  I don’t consider typos a problem.  They are like that one piece of the puzzle where the picture has come away from the cardboard and there is nothing above due diligence and care that can be done about them.  I am talking about the author getting into their own story, to see the picture, to become the character in the situation and not let them do, say, wear, think, be, react, reflect, move, smell, look, or any other possible way of being other than what that character would do, etcetera.  Don’t make characters or situations fit the story; let the characters be in the story in the only way they can be – who they are. – Zane.

Zane is currently working on a compilation of his poetry and short stories, a novel called ‘Dormant’, a novel called ‘Dawn of the Shinning – Magic Rising’, which is a sequel to ‘The Triadon Prophesy’, as well as other writing projects.


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