Month: March 2021
Don’t Forget to Pick Up All Three
A Great Event Happening Next Year
Here is the information about the HUGE author book signing moved from this year (and last year) to 2022. Let’s meet!
Complete list of authors are shown at the bottom. Don’t forget it can change without notice.
General Event Information:
Capital City Author Event
May 20-21, 2022
Venue / Hotel Information:
Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center
201 Tallapoosa Street, Montgomery, AL 36104
Get your Tickets here: https://ccae2022.eventbrite.com
Capital City Carnival – Food, Fun, and Games
Friday May 20, 2022 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Live Music/DJ, Carnival Style Food, Table Games (with attending Authors), and Cash Bar
Ticket Cost: $15
Saturday May 21, 2022 11:00am – 4:00pm
VIP Ticket Cost: $25
Includes 1 hour early entry in the event from at 11:00 am, Special VIP Swag Bag, VIP Lanyard, and 1 Scratch-off Ticket (Scratch-off prizes include chances to win Amazon gift cards, raffle basket tickets, book cash, and more)
General Admission Ticket Cost: $5
Entry into the event from 12:00pm – 4:00pmAll raffle basket proceeds and door donations will be given to our event charity:Montgomery Humane Society Adoptable Pets
Room Block Information:TBA – Once new Room Block Link it available it will be posted
Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CCAEReaderGroup/
Facebook Like Page:https://www.facebook.com/CapitalCityAuthorEvent.MGM/
Author / Vendor Interest Form: https://forms.gle/XUBubRCdDXXonppv7
So Your Readers Hate Your Heroine
When I first started writing, critique partners and contest judges would often have a problem with my heroines. When I sold my first book, my editor said I needed to make my heroine likable.
Geez. She’s a cold-blooded assassin (Circle of Desire) and I understood why she was that way. Why couldn’t she?
I had explained piece by piece throughout the book how she was a dumpster baby, grew up in an orphanage and foster care. Then she was molested and became a runaway, walked the streets for a small time pimp, and then trained by a psycho to be an assassin. Why couldn’t the readers feel sympathy for her?
Well, if more than one person tells you that they do not like a character, you have to listen. And a big clue is the two words I used above. I understood.
So that means, I didn’t help the reader recognize where she was coming from when she did or said bad things. You can’t guarantee that the reader will read the whole book to grasp all of the fine details that made the heroine become that person. You have to give the reader a reason for her behavior. Of course, I do get aggravated with a reviewer when they say “I skipped through the book.” If she/he had read every word, they would have understood the heroine’s thought process. But it is the author’s responsibility to make it clear in the beginning that the main character(s) is someone you want in your life or sympathetic to their faults.
With encouragement from my editor, I went into the first chapter and added a sentence. That helped. See, it doesn’t take an info dump to get a point across. If you’re wondering, I showed in the narrative that her hands shook. Showing she was human.
I believe women often have a problem writing women because we think our readers (majority women) know the motivations behind the female lead’s actions. But that’s not true. Not every woman feels the same way about a situation. So we have to explain or show her rationale.
Funny how I forgot that lesson from my debut book when I wrote my first Brother of Mayhem book, Hidden Heat. Several reviewers felt that Cassidy was being immature by the fits she dealt the MC. She’s a strong heroine who knew if she didn’t stand her ground the club would run all of over her. I obviously didn’t make that clear enough in the beginning. But thankfully some reviewers/readers understood. Here’s one review that proved it. Debbie’s Reviews in Goodreads.
This means we (authors) have to stay on our toes and give our readers the information needed, within reason and in the most entertaining way. And readers need to give strong (or weak) heroines the benefit of doubt. If you want to skip pages, just don’t read the book.