My Writing Influences – Anne McCaffrey

Probably the first author I ever read where I couldn’t wait for the next book was Anne McCaffery. The first book of hers that I consumed was Dragonsong and I felt an immediate connection with Menolly, the title character. The writing was relatively simple and eloquent and still managed to paint a rich story. The characters were real people to me even though the world they lived on was totally alien. Even today, decades later, Dragonsong is one of my favorite books. The other thing that I really loved about her writing is how she continually built on the world/universe the stories were taking place in. She would mention other places in passing and eventually visit them, tying everything in […]

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Get Published Episode 147 – Nobilis Reed Talks About Erotica

http://media.blubrry.com/getpublished/p/www.michellplested.com/wp-content/uploads/GetPublished/GetPublished-Episode147.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThere are genres out there that I know very little about. Genres where I have the wrong idea what they represent. One of those genres was Erotica. I decided to fix any misconceptions I had about Erotica by talking to a writer of the Genre. Nobilis Reed is a podcaster and writer of Erotica. And today, he is my guest for Get Published. Nobilis clears up many of my misunderstandings about the genre and provides a lot of great information. I enjoyed the conversation and I think you will too. And while I have your attention, Mik Murdoch, The Power Within is eligible to be nominated for a […]

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Are Villains Bad?

I’m doing some writing workshops this year just like I did last year and I wanted to explore something that can be as simple or as complex as the audience is ready for. I wanted something that would be relevant to Grade 1 students all the way to adults. So, I decided that this year, I would tackle some of the questions regarding character motivation. As you might imagine, what motivates characters (as with living, breathing people) is as varied as the population of our imaginations. I also didn’t think a workshop titled Character Motivations was all that interesting. What I settled for was Good Villains and Bad Heroes. I thought it might be fun to blog about my thought […]

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