How many people would kill to be a bestselling novelist, especially one like Janet Evanovich? Writers want to know how a bestselling author thinks, writes, plans, and dreams her books. Janet Evanovich tells, in a witty Q&A format:
• How she comes up with such remarkable characters
• How she nails the perfect name every time
• How she finds out insider details
• Just how she sets up those masterful plots
• What the life of a full-time writer is really like
• What she’d tell an aspiring author about the publishing industry
• And much, much more!
HOW I WRITE is the perfect reference for anyone looking to improve their writing, or for those fans who are hungry to find out more about just how Janet Evanovich ticks.
When I first decided to start writing I had just discovered Janet Evanovich’s* novels. I wanted to read everything she’d written, so I picked this up. It was the first writing book I’d ever seen! I was thrilled to learn about writing novels from my at-the-time favorite novelist.
How I Write looks at the basics of novel writing. It’s not an in-depth look at craft or marketing. Evanovich gives the reader a look at all aspects of novel writing, from creating an idea to doing the research to writing to novel to querying an agent. While she discusses the entire process, however, she doesn’t go into much detail on any aspect. This isn’t a book for someone wanting an in-depth look at crafting realistic characters. If you’re overwhelmed with the idea of writing a novel, however, I recommend this book. You’ll get a good idea of everything that’s involved (you can study them in more detail later). Plus, it’s highly entertaining, written in the voice and style that’s made Evanovich famous.
*Evanovich is secular author, and her writing book is geared toward the secular crowd. Don’t be surprised by the swearing or sex – you’ve been warned.
To Darkness Fled by Jill Williamson: Book Two of the Blood of Kings Trilogy, this was a great continuation of the fantasy series. Full of as much action and excitement as the first book, it showed great character development and made me want to keep reading. An excellent set-up for the final book. ****
From Darkness Won by Jill Williamson: The final book and worth the wait. The plot and characters developed together, pulling the reader along. I got so wrapped up in their lives that I had to find out what happened next. Though the last few chapters may not have been necessary, I appreciate how she wrapped everything up, allowing the frantic pace to calm down. Reminds me of how Tolkien ended Lord of the Rings, concluding the stories instead of stopping after the action. ****