A question for fellow authors and readers…

I have a question for my fellow authors and readers. A long time ago (in a prior life), my doctor (at the time) told me that he really loved Pat Conroy’s writing, that the descriptions were so gorgeous. I read Prince of Tides and remember enjoying it. I started The Great Santini the other day and am blown away by the stunning descriptions. Really fantastic. But…
 
When I write, I only write through one character’s POV at a time. I write vivid descriptions, but I have to write them in that character’s voice. I’d love to free myself to write lyrical descriptions as Conroy does, but that would not be true to the voice of my typical characters. He’s obviously writing as the omniscient narrator and describing as he pleases.
 
Fellow authors/readers, what are your thoughts on the matter? What do you prefer to write? What do you prefer to read?
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I’m back at the ITW Thriller Roundtable for the next couple of weeks…

Check out this week’s topic:  ITW Thriller Roundtable June 4-11, 2018

Reflections on 5 years as a published novelist

I like to keep track of anniversaries.  I’m just that kind of person.  I like to think back on where I was, compare it to where I am now, that sort of thing.  Some anniversaries, of course, are more momentous than others.  And this is one of them.

Five years ago today, my very first novel (THE GENESIS CODE) came out.  I never thought I’d see that day, and I remember how excited I was (pretty much giddy with hope and dreams, as I recall).  I had been writing short stories, getting some publications and honing my skills, since 2000 or so.  Then around 2003/2004, I decided to try writing a full-length novel.  I had a story, but no publisher in mind.  I’d never attempted a work of that length.  I just wanted to do it, do the best I could, and see what happened.

It took something like two and a half years.  I started and restarted.  I got stuck along the way.  I had characters box themselves into corners that didn’t work.  It felt very much like getting into a small boat, launching off into the ocean, and losing sight of land–and hoping I made it safely to some undetermined destination.  But I eventually finished it, felt it was the best I could do.

Then law school happened.  I decided to leave IT behind and attend full time beginning back in 2006.  And I had time for nothing else during those three years (well, more than that, if you count the summer of studying for the bar exam, then the relocation, etc.).  So I stopped writing fiction and the manuscript sat.  I only shopped it to a few places during that time.  Nothing happened and I had pretty much resigned myself to it never seeing the light of day.

Then one day, Greg Gifune posted on Facebook that DarkFuse was looking for novels.  Long story short, I submitted it, and DarkFuse published it five years ago today.

A lot has happened since then.  I’ve written a number of novels (medical/tech/legal thrillers) and novellas (horror and supernatural).  DarkFuse published most of them before shutting down last year.  Crossroad Press picked me up and republished all my backlist, as well as a couple of completed titles DarkFuse hadn’t gotten to yet.  I self-published a novella last year.  And I’m busy with the fourth draft of my current novel-in-progress.  All this while working full time.  So now I have a total of nine titles out, one in the works, and ideas for more.

I wonder what the next five years will bring.  Will my style change?  Will my subjects or genres change?  (One thing’s for sure:  you’ll see no romance novels from me!)  Will my series character in INCIDENTAL FINDINGS (Nikki Avalon) take off and launch a whole stack of novels?

It’ll be interesting to see what I write on the next major anniversary.  At least I hope so!

Thanks for reading,

Lisa

 

My work on Pixels.com/Fine Art America

I’ve been working on my art the past couple of years–in addition to writing, and working, and more.  I recently created several portfolios on Redbubble, and one piece of my work is featured on  Zazu’s House Parrot Sanctuary Pixels site.

I found out Pixels/Fine Art America was offering yoga mats and that did it (well, not just yoga mats, lots of different products, but the yoga mats put me over the edge in deciding to set up there!).  I set up a page there and uploaded my work.  It’s “live” now.  Please check it out and let me know what you think.  Thanks!

My Pixels/Fine Art America Page

All my art up on Redbubble now…

Got it all uploaded!  So there are 4 art collections and 1 miscellaneous photography collection (older).  The art categories are:

Abandoned/Roadside/Retro

Bird art

Abstract/Surreal

Landscapes/Canada

The pieces are mainly watercolor or colored pencil, or the two mixed.  One is gouache and one is watercolor and pastels.  Check it out.  I’ll upload more as I complete and digitize more pieces.  Thanks!

My Redbubble Profile Page

More of my art collections up on Redbubble now…

Now I have several collections/portfolios of my art (colored pencils, watercolors, sometimes mixed) going:

Abandoned/Roadside/Retro

Abstract/Surreal

Birds!

Coming soon:  landscapes inspired by Canada.

Please check them out and let me know what you think.  Thanks!

My Redbubble Profile Page

My Art Side…

No, I don’t “just” write novels, I’ve also been working on my art.  I mostly work in colored pencil (Prismacolor Premier) and watercolor.  I finally got a chance to post a new collection up on Redbubble, entitled:  Abandoned, Roadside, and Retro.  I have a number of birds and abstract pieces I plan to post in their own collections, as time permits.

Meanwhile, please stop by Redbubble and check out my collection.  You can get the images on various sorts of products to suit your fancy.  Thanks!