If you've been paying more attention than I usually do, you may have noticed Lauren (aka: LE Harvey) and I had a near miss two weeks ago... I fell down on sending a reminder, and she was away when the reminder finally came, so the blog didn't happen, but we managed to get the horses back in the stall and get it together, so TODAY, you get to meet Lauren! HA!
You can't imagine my delight, when I got her blog material and she's got a cross-dressed author photo in with her stuff. You may not know this, but in a former life, as Lady Tamadriel, I was a woman dressed as a man dressed as a woman... I LIKE my cross-dressers! So WELCOME Lauren!
L. E. Harvey is an author from Harleysville, PA. Nationally published for the first time at age fourteen, L. E.'s background is in non-fiction, though she has now ventured into the exciting world of fiction writing. For more information on L. E. Harvey, her writing and more, please check out her website at www.leharvey.com
Unbreakable Hostage is the story of Lareina Oliveira. Bright and beautiful, Lareina is a stunning Ph. D. student. One of her classmates is taken with her beauty and he quickly becomes obssessed with her. Unable to withstand her constant rejections, he loses all control and kidnaps her. Lareina is held hostage and tortured for days on end while the LAPD, her family and roommate search endlessly for her. Lareina uses her wit and knowledge of algebra to help lead everyone to her rescue, but will they get to her in time?
Twilight. That is a word no longer associated with an actual time of day, but rather a series of books. We can't think of it as an adjective or a noun. Now its' all about vampires and warewolves. I will openly admit that I have not read the books. Not because I don't like them, simply for the fact that there is an infinite list of books I have yet to read.
My partner is an avid Twilight fan. I have seen the movies with her. They are certainly enjoyable. They're not good for me as a writer, though.
I, among countless other writers, pray for the day where at least one of our books will be turned into a movie. If we're lucky enough, it will be a big hit. J. K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer are two of the very few and very fortunate scribes who have seen this dream become a reality. I envy them. When I watch the movies with my partner, I can't help but dream of seeing my books have big previews on the red carpet. Not a good idea for someone with an imagination as vivid as mine! LOL.
These incredible success stories also add pressure on the writing and publication end of things as well. We all hope that some big name publishing house will simply eat up our book and give us the press and exposure that Harry Potter or Twilight have had. We all want to see our books in the large chain stores as well as smaller venues across the globe. Every writer hopes to create a phenomena.
So, since Stephen King, Stephanie Meyer, J. K. Rowling and the other select few writers who enjoy fame are so few and far between, what are the rest of us writers to do? Write. To become a major blockbuster movie is a rarity. Even if I never get to see my book go on the silver screen, I'm still creating the best stories I can. My books may not reach millions of writers, but they will still touch the people who do read them. Trendy books are great, and they give us something to aim towards when we write. Readers love them. Trendy books have a great place, but so do the less trendy books. So go out and read a fun trendy book, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Perhaps after that book, you should try picking up a lesser known writer's book. You might just be pleasantly surprised!