Friends, in the ALBTALBS world, I like to make things a little fluid. Here, it’s a lot fluid. (In fact, way more fluid than even I’m comfortable.) As in, let’s all agree this post is as dated. Please indulge me – and know that I am very sorry and contrite.
That being said, let us all welcome the wonderful (and patient) Nico Rosso! Today (ahem! September 30th) is his wife Zoë Archer’s birthday! His post was actually supposed to go live the Thursday before this one but… well you know. Real life hasn’t been my best friend lately. And I thought it’d be super cute that this post went up on Zoë’s birthday. (Somehow it was really underlined thus in my mind.)
Anyway, I think we have a great post here. And also? Please respond, and ask him all the questions you have. Because I can’t imagine Mr. Rosso will be coming back to visit any time soon – all my fault. (Although I do try my best to keep things running here!) So anyway, give him a warm welcome, and please make up for my shortcomings, okay?
Thanks so much for having me on the blog, Limecello.
When I’m writing, I try not to lose sight of the final goal: telling a good story to the reader. I’ll try to put myself in the reader’s shoes as the book unfolds. I’ll ask myself questions as I go along: Is everything making sense? Are the characters compelling? Am I using the senses so the reader can feel, smell or taste the environment I’m creating?
But writing is also the journey for the writer. Every day isn’t easy, but there’s always something to be created or learned. And sometimes it’s more than that. Life throws a lot of adversity at everyone. Nowadays, it seems like a heavy rain of trouble has been coming down on a lot of people I know.
Just like reading fiction can be an escape for a reader, the process of writing it has helped me deal with the burdens of the world. In my latest steampunk Western, Night of Fire, the hero, Tom Knox, and heroine, Rosa Campos, must defend their home town from an evil mining company’s rolling fifty foot rock eating machine. This device starts out a few miles from town and seems unstoppable through most of the book. As I was writing it, I was able to centralize my concerns in the world into that one villain. And I could use my hero and heroine to stand up to that threat.
It isn’t always that simple in life, and I think that’s why reading fiction is important to us. Hope is a strong salve, no matter if it’s given to us from the so-called “real world” or a book. Writing it was the same for me, giving me a sense of a clear struggle between good and evil where good always prevails. At least during the time while I was writing, there was relief from the nebulous troubles of the world.
Life will continue to bring ups and downs. Through it, we readers and writers can find escape and hope in the romance and adventure narratives that pit our heroes and heroines against great evils, giving them the stage to prove how extraordinary they are, while showing us that the ability to persevere is in all of us – written or real.
So here’s my question for you: Is there a particular book that has helped you through tough times?
One lucky guest will win a free paperback copy of Night of Fire. Good luck!
Seriously – this question is almost scarily apt – at least for me: So here’s my question for you: Is there a particular book that has helped you through tough times?
I’d like to know too. Maybe I can add some keepers to my reading list! (And remember, there’s a prize up for grabs!)