What Do YOU Think?

I’m interested in getting your thoughts about stuff I see and hear, quotes I read, stuff that passes as knowledge – and starting an authorey conversation.

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I agree. You?

(Like I’m gonna disagree with Hemingway.)

What are YOUR thoughts on this idea?

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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

16 thoughts on “What Do YOU Think?

  1. Though I’ve yet to publish, and at this particular point in time yet to finish a novel, I have taken the time to create a complete bio and backstory for every main, and secondary character I’ve ever written about. I may not have one written before the character is created in the storyline but once they enter it I feel it is only fair to create a history for them. Even if the character’s existence is short lived, they are after all people. I think it adds more to the story and invites the reader to ‘buy in’ to the action if the character means more to you as author than just a, ‘well, I need somebody to die here,’ kind of character. But then again, few people have ever read my actual novel material.

  2. I agree, with a qualifier; sometimes you come across actually, genuine living folk who act like something out of cliché central. In a narrative they need hard work so the author doesn’t get accused of lazy writing.
    Some I suppose were born that way, others have become so engrossed in a facet of culture & its media portrayal they just live the part.
    And then there are teenagers……. (I survived three)

    1. Isn’t that the truth! I had the same experience. The end of Poggi is that way for me. In the book it’s supposed to be uplifting, a happy ending – and it is; everything works out for everyone… but in reality I was very mixed about ending the story because I was going to miss Sam. She wasn’t going to be with Mike anymore and they were a great team. I knew I’d miss her the most. It was sad to see her go, and I missed her afterwards – so much I brought her back in another story and might give her a series one day. But I console myself that she is still a firecracker every time I open the story (and just as much of a train wreck) so… as you say, that’s how you know you did it right.

  3. I definitely agree! Plus, I’ve had characters that have seemed to develop such a life of their own that they’ve taken me places I didn’t expect that made the story even better.
    One such character was Ben, who I planned on having just a small part in things. He became such a major player that a couple of beta readers have begged me to do a spin-off featuring his own adventures :o)

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