Friday, April 19, 2013

Thinking outside the box ... and in another genre

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Writers don't always write what our biggest audiences want or expect us to write.  But sometimes characters step forward and DEMAND we tell their stories.

That's happened to me last year when I wrote about Amanda Shelton in Tales of Telenia: THRESHOLD.  I was so afraid that my readers wouldn't accept the story that I published it under a pseudonym.

And then I wrote another one.  (Tales of Telenia:  JOURNEY.)

Truth be told, my pseudonym was an abysmal failure.  She couldn't sell enough books to buy me a gallon of milk in any given month.  : (

 A female astronaut crashes on a strange planet and is threatened by the archaic inhabitants who demand she relinquish her advanced technology.

So I figured, what the heck, and last week I not only published the old book under my Lorraine Bartlett name, but the new one as well.

Stranded astronaut Amanda Shelton leads the land’s women to self-sufficiency when she ventures to the capital city to face peril and life altering decisions.

You see, whether I write cozy mysteries, psychological suspense, sweet romances, or fantasy lite, I will ALWAYS write character-driven stories.  So the truth is ... if you like Tricia Miles, or Katie Bonner, or Jeff Resnick, you might just like all my other characters ... be it Judi Strub, or Emily Miller, or Leslie Turner ... and a host of others.

If you like the character relationships in my cozy mysteries, I hope you'll give the characters in my other stories a chance.  They all have one thing in common (or at least I hope they do):  heart.


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