I usually save these guys for Wickedly Romantic posts, but I had so much fun with the last one, I thought I'd give you a little early Thanksgiving/late Halloween treat!
And treats are what my writing is all about. I give the nooky treats, the funny treats, the romantic treats, and the action/adventure treats! I love them all, and IMHO a book just isn't complete without a taste of each one.
Now that I have two books in print, many have compared the two, and most reviewers have said that they are very different, which I think is a good thing. I could probably write the same book over and over again, but it would get boring eventually, and we can't have that!
The main reason for the difference between the two books is that when you write in first person, that "I" persona comes through in the narrative. Tisana, the heroine in Warrior, is very different from Jacinth in Slave, hence the altered writing style. The third book, Rogue, is written in the voice of a rather timid piano teacher, and her slant on things is even further removed from Jacinth's pithy commentary.
The hardest thing for me to do was to find my "third person voice" to write the fourth book, Lover. It began as a first person, which, due to popular demand, I converted to third--and let me tell you, there's more to it than just changing pronouns! In that book, you'll not only get inside Lynx's head, but you'll also get a taste of Cat and Leo's thoughts, which is something many readers felt they missed when reading Slave and Warrior. This is why first person is such a romance genre no-no: Romance readers want to know what the guys are thinking! I'll admit to being curious myself, but have always felt that a naked Zetithian pretty much wore his feelings on his, um, sleeve! In addition to that, I've always heard that men's thought processes are nothing like women's--which is proven to me on a regular basis--and as such, felt unqualified to write them. I've been working on it, however, and I hope my readers will be pleased with the results. Fugitive, the fifth book, is also in third person, and I'm finding it fun to add a little man to man conversation into the mix, not to mention the fact that the setting can jump from one planet to another with the turn of a page!
So, all of you third person lovers (and writers!) out there, why don't YOU give it a shot: What is this guy thinking?