Monday, January 07, 2008
Here we go, in order in which I thought of them. Call them Jeri Cliches or Smith-Ready Selling Points, it's the Top Ten Signs a Book Came Out of My Head:
1. Hero and heroine hit the sack fast. They don't always go all the way, but they usually break the sexual tension in a hot and hasty fashion. Exception: Voice of Crow. Oh, and The Reawakened, where self-denial reaches new heights of insanity. It's important to break out of ruts.*
2. Main character has hostile and/or distant relationship with father. Exception: Eyes of Crow.
3. Prominent gay or bisexual characters. Exception: Eyes of Crow.
4. Music is integral to the plot and characters. Once again, exception is Eyes of Crow (did I actually write that book?).
5. Moderate to heavy alcohol consumption. NO EXCEPTIONS
6. Natural dialogue and a fast pace. I guess these go together as stylistic factors, and the former certainly helps the latter.
7. Beta male hero. Exception: Requiem for the Devil. They don't get any more alpha than Lucifer. But he's the POV character, which probably increases my tolerance for the attitude.
8. Main character's friends and/or siblings get a lot of "screen time." This is self-explanatory, and yet I'm adding a note here because otherwise it looks funny, like I didn't want to talk about it.
9. Religion is prominent. Whether negatively or positively portrayed, it's always a psychological factor.
10. It's about more than what it's about. This probably sounds pompous, but I like my stories to be meaningful. My primary concern is to entertain, but if a reader comes away from the book looking at the world in a different way (or just looking at the world period), that's a bonus.
*Ruts. Hee. I just got that.
Now playing: Round & Round (It Won't Be Long) - Neil Young