Is this a chain letter gone wrong? Could it be a scam? Or do you think it’s possible that some of us love writing and want to spread the joy and successes around?
I received an irresistible invitation from a fellow writer named Amy Reade. Get it? Amy Reade? Telling me about a way to get more readers and sales for my book? Yes, please Read, or Reade my writings, friends. The invitation was to join her “Blog Hop.”
Yes, I would love to.
No, that is not true. I was asked to answer normal, conversational questions like “What were your grades on the SATs,” “Were you a virgin when you got married?” “Was your husband?”
Not true; I just wanted to see if you were paying attention.
The real first question is: What are you working on now?
Answer: I’m working on preparing for the holidays. Baking and freezing, cooking and freezing, taking a walk through the garden and freezing.
Oh: you meant, 1)what writing am I working on now?
Thinking of subjects to add to my list of blogs, writing them and hoping they will be worth posting. And I am working on marketing my new book, “EN GARDE, MY BATTLE WITH BREAST CANCER.” I am engaged in speaking engagements and newspaper interviews and am reaching out beyond my immediate world to let others know about my book. I think it is an important book that can help people learn to manage the fear and stress of living with a frightening disease.
2) How is my writing different from those in the same genre? My style leans toward the humorous, even when the subject is not funny. I can’t stay serious for too long a time; something strikes me funny and I have to laugh, smile, or get silly.
3) Why do you write what you do? I write all truthful stories: not fiction. If something happens, or I observe an interesting scene, hear a provoking conversation, think a challenging thought, I write about it and look forward to responses from my readers.
4) How does your writing prices work? I listen, read, and think of subjects that would make readable stories. Most of my stories are under 1,000 words. My book is the longest piece of writing I have worked on. It was written a chapter at a time with each one almost a separate entity.
When I was writing En Garde I asked myself if I could discuss the frightening subject of cancer and still use humor. Myself answered ,”Sure; if it’s tastefully done.” and I did use humor where it fit into the story.