Monday, September 28, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Having just seen the results of two collaborations, in which I’ve been involved with other authors, reach the book stands … and just before I begin another collaboration with our very own Jardonn Smith, on our period-piece "railroad" novel, GRIT … do let me tell any fellow authors, who may not yet have a clue, that collaborations aren’t the easiest way to go, even if they do seem to offer the advantage of two or more people, each of whom, in theory, only has to write part of a book.
There’s a decided difference, believe me, between joining in an anthology … which is merely you contributing a story to fit an over-all theme, along with other authors … and you teaming up with another author or authors to come together in agreement on characters, character traits, and a coherent single story-line. It is now my experience that writing, like cooking, can see a lot of difficulty arising around too many cooks/authors (and two can sometimes be too many) in the kitchen and/or at the computer keyboard.
In the case of THE GLUTEN-FREE WAY: MY WAY, written with my niece, I thought I had "it" made — no matter everything I had ever heard about the dangers of working with amateurs and relatives. I mean, she and her family had been living gluten-free for several years, and it was merely a case of her telling their story and our providing a few gluten-free recipes, and that was that … right?! The usual major problem of finding an interested publisher had been solved early-on by me, in that Borgo Press had gone to contract on just a proposal. Needless to say, it wasn’t easy at all, in that I ended up writing far more of the book than I originally intended (although, I’m sure the book is a better book because of it) — what with the strain of meeting a deadline placed upon a novice author, and my niece having to deal with an uncle who looked upon a missed deadline as just about the worst sin possible and had no qualms about saying so (which didn’t help the situation and probably, truth be told, acerbated it — sigh!).
TOTAL MELTDOWN, done with Raymond Gaynor (aka Gary Martine), was easier. My co-author on this one, after all, had published several previous books, knew all about deadlines, and he’d written over 300 pages of this one before I joined in. As with THE GLUTEN-FREE WAY, I persuaded Borgo Press to go to contract before this one was finished; so my main predicament turned out to be my having entered the writing process so late in the game that the characters, character traits, and plot were pretty much in place, all as complicated as any novel dealing with the complications of international politics and espionage and treason and finance. Admittedly, it took me a good deal of time just to figure out who was who, where was where, what was what. That we managed to achieve what we did was only because neither of us looked upon anything we wrote as engraved permanently in stone … which made me less fearful when I started chopping (three hundred pages to a final 155), and shifting character’s sexuality from bisexual to homosexual, from homosexual to heterosexual. Had Raymond put up major complaint, instead of merely commenting that I had "taken his blond-haired, blue-eyed innocent baby boy and converted him into a dark-haired, black-eyed terror", we might still be trying to hash things out, to this very day, instead of basking in the sheer pleasure of having the book now on the bookstands.
How will Jardonn and I fare in our about-to-begin collaboration on GRIT? Only time will tell, but I have high hopes. Our relationship goes back a ways. We’re professionals, each of us well aware of the writing process, each other’s sensibilities and the existent time-line. Wish us luck!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
My next full-length novel, Mute Witness, should be out later this year from MLR Press. I have recently been working with the cover art to put a face on this very serious story (probably one of the most serious I've written to date) and we have finally decided on a concept.
Covers are one of the most trying and difficult parts of writing a book, even if you have no input into the design yourself. That old chestnut, "you can't judge a book by its cover" is probably one of the wrongest things I've ever heard. People can, and do, judge books by their covers...and people and other things too. We see with our eyes and this is how we form our first impressions. So if a book doesn't make that critical first impression on you, you will probably pass it by. And if a book has a simply dazzling cover, you may be more intrigued about the book than if it was fronted by a mediocre cover.
I hope the cover for Mute Witness makes a good first impression. I'd love it if you'd leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
Here's the back cover copy (which is also really cool, maybe even cooler than the front, since it's just the back of the boy's head). Read it and see if you think the cover does the storyline justice.
I hope you won't stay mute (groan!) on whether this cover would inspire you to check out the book inside.
Back cover copy:
Sean and Austin have the perfect life. Their new relationship is only made more joyous by weekend visits from Sean’s eight-year-old son, Jason.
And then their perfect world shatters.
Jason is missing.
When the boy turns up days later, he has been horribly abused and has lost the power to speak. Small town minds turn to the boy’s gay father and his lover as the likely culprits.
Sean and Austin struggle to maintain their relationship amid the innuendo and the very real threat that Sean will, at the very least, lose the son he loves. Meanwhile, the real villain is much closer to home, intent on ensuring the boy’s muteness is permanent.
Mute Witness should be out in late fall.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
along with my good friend and amazing candle artist, Jfay, for an evening of web-radio fun.
But wait, it gets better...
While the Parawomen and Jfay talk ghosts and vampires and book-themed candles, YOU and I and Jardonn and a bunch of other erotica authors will be text chatting at the same place.
So, YOU might ask: What other authors? Hopefully somebody more entertaining than Jasper and Jardonn. To which I reply: That's a tall order, but we think we can do it. How's this?
Jo from Vampire Wear
Karen Michelle Nutt
Like me now? Good! Here's what you do. Go to BlogTalkRadio and register free and easy
Then, show up
on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 at 6 p.m. Central Daylight Time.
Turn on your speakers, log in to text chat, and badly misbehave with the rest of us.
While we chat, Jfay, the wick'd woman of wick'd wax candles, will be telling all about her
web site, where she hosts some of the hottest new literary releases on the scene today, as well as her wick'd book-themed candles. She's an incredible wizard of wax, and her candles have been featured on the CBS News "Sunday Morning" Show.
Jfay will also be announcing her new upcoming Giveaway Extravaganza, WHAT A WICK'D WAY TO BURN, which will include some worthwhile prizes (not worthless, throwaway crap) from her Wick'd authors and marketing partners.
Tune in and get your typing fingers limbered up. Invite your friends so you and they can chat with all of us and learn about possible prizes in your future. This is a freedom-of-speech chat. We will talk erotica, sex, and maybe even some sleaze, and we (that means you, as well) will use whatever language we please.
So, PLEASE, come join the fun Thursday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. CDT.