Werewolves All Over the World

I think that the werewolves currently depicted in paranormal romance are, gradually, creating a new idea of what a werewolf in fiction ought to be – in other words, reader expectation is being affected by what mythological details writers choose to present, or invent. Also, of course, writers who read in their genre can’t help […]

Oral Tradition, Epithets, and J.D. Robb

In many romance novels, particularly those in series, the reader’s familiarity with the characters and setting can be reinforced by repeated use of the same descriptive phrases. I think this is similar to the technique of assigning epithets, often poetic, to various characters in oral tradition, such as these examples from Orphic Hymns: “Poseidon, ruler […]

How to Make Money in Publishing (and other writing jokes)

How to Make Money in Publishing and other writing jokes Question: How do you make a small fortune in publishing? Answer: Start with a large fortune. Question: How many screenwriters does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Ten.1st draft. Hero changes light bulb.2nd draft. Villain changes light bulb.3rd draft. Hero stops villain from […]