Hi gang — first, if your comment doesn’t show up it’s because it’s in moderation. I’ve had a huge problem with spam and am trying to find
This summer I binge watched HAWAII FIVE-O (all 7 seasons) and loved it — great ensemble cast, over-the-top action, great dialogue. It was an all-around fun cop s
First, before we get to our irregularly scheduled program, great news! SHATTERED is #67 on the USA Today bestseller list. via GIPHY If you haven’t bought SHATTER
TWO TO DIE FOR is out this week in ebook! Yeah me! There’s a story behind these stories … and it starts with SHATTERED. SHATTERED is my fourth Maxine Rever
This blog was originally published two years ago today at the Kill Zone, and the link popped up in my facebook feed. It’s not only as relevant as it was two year
This blog is for my writer friends. I went back and forth for two weeks about whether to publish this blog. I could leave quietly, and that would be that … but c
See me jumping up and down? I have three of my favorite people on my blog! Not just three talented, amazing authors (who write about murder — double great!) but
My first book THE PREY was released on December 27, 2005 and my 30th book, MAKE THEM PAY, will be released on March 7th … only 3 short weeks away. I can write an
RT Book Reviews just published their March on-line edition … and MAKE THEM PAY received a Top Pick! I’m thrilled because I love this story and, considerin
Today, for the first time ever (that I’ll admit to anyway) I awakened with only the vaguest idea where I was. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a result of some spectacular bit of debauchery. Nor am I complaining. The hotel is grand—a terrycloth robe kind of place. If you’re going to wake up in a strange place, this is the kind of place you would want.
The problem was, I just wasn’t certain which city it was in.
Turns out it’s San Diego.
I was happy to discover this when I opened the blinds—at 4 AM (my body still thinks it’s in the Central time zone).
I saw a recent discussion on Facebook where someone asked what’s the fastest you’d ever written a novel. The answers astounded me. (I’m outing some of our MSW ladies who had replied.”
BJ Daniels: “10 days. I couldn’t not stop working on that book. It was insane.”
Allison Brennan: “3 weeks. I hated it. 6 weeks is pushing it, but doable (and I’ve written a lot of books in 6-8 weeks). I like 10 weeks — that seems to be the perfect time for me.”
“I was hired to write a memoir that was 110,000 words and I write it in a week. Didn’t get much sleep, but I did get it done, only to have to rewrite it 4x more.”
“With my two and a half weeker, I was working from a synopsis I’d written for the proposal. And the only reason I wrote it so fast was because I had no choice.”
“9 days. I don’t know which one it was, though… it might be my most popular series, but I can’t remember.” (This one made me laugh. This is such a writer’s brain.”
“Just under a month. Was living in a hospital with my wife at the time and really had nothing else to occupy my mind while she slept so I pretty much wrote non-stop.”
I don’t want to go into details, but there have been some Readers Behaving Badly — readers so upset about an author’s story choices that they have resorted to threats. I’m flummoxed about this because, while I understand how readers might get mad at a book and never read that author again, that they would threaten an author and say horrific things on-line is beyond me. We’ve heard of stalkers (both physical and on-line) and general threats to all celebrities, and some of them authors, but to me, this situation goes even further, as if the characters and story is more real to some readers than life itself.
I think these types of readers are few and far between. The problem is that when they all gather in one place on-line, that they feed off each other, which isn’t always good. I keep envisioning Gaston and the townspeople in Beauty and the Beast.
All this angst over the story decisions of the talented and popular Charlaine Harris had me thinking I’ve been lucky that my readers haven’t gone to such extremes. I love asking readers questions and while I wouldn’t ask for help with major story decisions, I like discussing some of the story details I’m undecided about.
For some reason, I’ve been really tired lately. And I don’t mean that whole lull-in-the-afternoon thing. No, I mean yawning, head-lolling, wonder-if-I-can-stay-awake-to-drive-home kind of fatigue.
This is sooo not me.
After a month or so of this silliness, I decided to go see my doctor. The appointment was today. I LOVE my internist: my appointment was for 9:40. I arrived at 9:20, was ushered back to the room at 9:25. The nurse weighed me, shooting me a look as she made note of the number.
“Hey, I went to Europe okay? Have you tasted the pasta in Rome, the potato-thingies in Prague? And the wine, did I mention the wine?” I whined all the way back to the ice-chamber doctors colloquially call the exam room.
Allison Brennan is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly three dozen romantic thrillers and mysteries, including the Lucy Kincaid series and the Max Revere series. She lives in Northern California with her husband, five children, and assorted pets.Read more
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