Author Interview #42, with Cora Buhlert of Pegasus Pulp!
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Hi Cora! Please describe yourself in 5 words:
Multi-genre writer, teacher, translator.
Please share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):
The Kiss of the Executioner’s Blade
France 1516: The executioner Geoffrey de Bressac is called to the town of Charentes to put a traitor and assassin to death. But a shock awaits him. For the condemned is a woman, Angeline de Golon. But how can he save Angeline, when she is to die at sunrise?
And now a short excerpt:
The sun crossed the horizon, its rays striking the executioner’s blade. The Comte’s intestines were quivering with anticipation. With his left hand he was surreptitiously massaging his crotch. With his right he gave the final sign. The crowd held its collective breath. The priest crossed himself and averted his eyes. The executioner finally…did nothing.
“What are you waiting for?” the Comte demanded in irritation, “Do it!”
Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):
This is a difficult question, because I have plenty of favourite authors. However, I’ll stick to indie authors here and offer you the following excerpt from Mardi Gras Was Over: Three Love Stories by Kathleen Valentine:
“The first thing Minerva Light noticed about Tristan Hancock was his hands. She fell in love with them and then began working her way up his arms to the rest of him.”
Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:
Writing is the fun part, the burst of inspiration when the characters come alive and everything is possible. Though there are also times when writing becomes a slog, because the words just won’t flow.
Publishing, on the other hand, is work. A lot of it, like revising, editing, copyediting, proofreading, formatting, etc… is nitpicky work and not a lot of fun. Nonetheless, it is necessary and skimping on any of these steps of the process will result in a book that is not the best it can be. Though there also are parts of the publishing process that are fun. For example, I enjoy designing my own covers and have a lot of fun finding just the right images, fonts, etc…to illustrate the story.
Finally, there are few things more thrilling than seeing your own book on the virtual shelves and on the screen of your e-reader or holding a printed edition in your hands. So even if the publication process is hard work at times, the end result still gives me a thrill. And that’s what writing is all about, isn’t it?
Yes ;)! What is your definition of “good writing”?
Most of all, good writing is subjective. One person’s good writing is the next person’s clichéd and clunky crap. One person’s lyrical writing is the next guy’s purple prose. One person’s stark minimalism is the next person’s texting prose. That said, a writer should have a good grasp of spelling, grammar and punctuation and deviate from the rules in these areas only with good reason.
That’s a good point for all writers to take note of :) Please share your #1 tip for writers:
Read a lot, not just your genre but other genres, non-fiction and poetry as well, and write every day. Yes, I know it sounds clichéd. But if you write every day, you’ll get a lot of practice and that makes you a better writer. Plus, you’ll produce a lot of stories, novels, essays or whatever it is that you write. In my experience, it’s best to set yourself a certain minimum wordcount goal per day. However, keep it low enough that you can even meet that goal when you’re busy, tired, sick, etc…Personally, I shoot for 100 words of new fiction and 100 words of new non-fiction and academic writing per day. I mostly write more and my daily average is between 1000 and 1200 words. But those 200 words are the absolute minimum I make myself write.
A daily average is always good! Please let us know your websites/blogs/etc:
My Amazon Author Central page is at http://www.amazon.com/Cora-Buhlert/e/B005F04ZJW/
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Much thanks to Cora for stopping by — be sure to check out her website for more info about her and her (very) diverse writing projects!