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Monday, July 07, 2008

What do you want in an Author's Note -- Echoes In The Dark

I've been asked to write a wrap-up series Author's Note for Echoes In The Dark and my mind is too crowded with the books. What would YOU like to see in it?



Blogger Tannun said...

I wonder if you've ever read Piers Anthony? I ask, because one of the things I really like about him is his Author's Note.

He spends time giving us background on the book, the process he went through in writing it, where he got ideas from, (in the Xanth series, whom he got puns from), and any difficulties he had in writing or getting the book published.

Then he included some personal information, something that happened in real life to affect the book.

So, I'd ask for a bit of history about the series, why you had to shorten it, what that meant as far as writing it.

And then maybe one of those funny stories or two, like the fridge not opening. Dealing with the mini crisis that everyone faces allows the reader to think he knows the author just that little bit more.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Silver Phoenix said...

I dunno, it's the author's note, isn't it?

You could probably write a free verse proclaiming your love of cheese doodles, and I'm sure it would work just fine.

Then again, I got burnt on Dune and it's endless notes and indices and etc, so I'm not anyone to ask, I suppose. :-)

12:13 PM  
Blogger Suzane in VT said...

How about how and why you chose the places, family situations and personalities of each of the Exotiques. Having lived in CT (Orange) for the first 40 yrs of my life before moving to VT I loved it when you came SO close to using the area around where I grew up (Best Haven instead of North, East, West or New Haven). Never heard of ships being built in New Haven though they might have, as it was and still is a working port. In the Mystic/New London area, however, they still do make both the modern mechanical (especially nuclear subs) and the old fashioned sailing ships. I was able to use my memories of both areas and their shorelines along Long Island Sound to picture things in the books. How I miss the briney smell of low tide! *wrinkles nose and sighs*

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A reader..
Anything to add to the story, the characters, places? About you as a writer, what gets you going, inspiration, any little anecdote.
Jo Beverley has interesting notes about the historical period and in your case it would be wonderful to read you expanding on the planet/civilization?
Grateful of any extra insight! Thanks

5:06 PM  
Blogger Robin D Owens said...

I did the Author's Note and talked a little about what inspired it, female archetypes and settings...


4:09 PM  

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