No, I haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth. Life has been, well, life.
One of the things I’ve found most interesting lately is the whole ‘cockygate’ situation. You know what it breaks down to? Someone who was so totally insecure about their own writing that they chose to not do the work necessary to reach the level they wanted and they decided to exert authority in a really bad way.
Authors are not privileged in that we own fonts. We don’t own words that have been around for centuries. And we don’t own readers.
Damn it all, PLAY NICE WITH YOUR FELLOW AUTHORS!!!!
Stop leaving bad reviews because you think someone ‘slighted’ another author you know. Don’t plagiarize other authors works. Don’t go full on diva and claim you know what it takes if you’re not willing to listen to the people who do.
In other words, check your privilege at the door.
This industry has a camaraderie to it that I’ve never found anywhere else. I’m not competing with any other author but myself. I only need to make the next story more interesting. I don’t have to hoard readers. I don’t want them to defend me by slandering other authors.
You want to write a book about Charon? Go for it! I DON’T OWN THE MYTHOLOGY!!!
What I own is my own behavior, the worlds and stories that I have created. I don’t own the words I used to create them.
There’s been lots of books about Charon. There’s been main characters named Kate and Amber and Grace. There’s been dragons and elves and orcs.
You could read 30 books with ‘Guarding’ in the title. You’d only think 2 of them were written by me, because I’m listed as author. The other 28 could be by other authors, who have a totally different voice than I do.
If you’re smart enough to read a book, then you’re smart enough to read who wrote it.
By the way….’Guarding Charon’ is at a lower price! Seriously, the series is a good one. I’m working on book 3. Honest!