Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Voices of Fiction - Getting Readers Involved - Part One

Welcome back to Voices of Fiction.

As we step into the New Year, the series continues with a great group of authors answering various questions. Last year, the series brought in new readers and new authors. I'd like to extend my thanks to you all for your curiosity and support.

With the growing numbers of authors joining the discussion, the question round extends to six weeks, with four writers per week.

Please welcome this week's group of authors.

Reno Charlton works from home as a full-time copywriter, providing clients around the world with content for websites, magazines and other media. She’s also the author of three children’s fantasy novels. Under the pen name, Emily Ho, she’s published two short stories, winning the Curtis Brown Short Story Competition with ‘The Journey Home.’ - Amazon UK, Amazon, Goodreads

Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature, such as a moon lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side. - Amazon, Blog

Karina Kantas is the author of six titles, In Times of Violence, Lawless Justice, Road Rage and Huntress (which is published by MMP.) She's also the author of Stone Cold a YA supernatural thriller and Heads & Tales, a short story collection. Karina originates from the UK but now lives in Greece with her husband and two beautiful daughters. - Amazon, Barnes/Noble, Website

Cherie Reich is a writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. - Website, Blog

Welcome Authors! It's wonderful to have you back.

This week's question: How do you get your readers involved in the story?

Reno Charlton: I try to use the characters to get readers involved both in terms of their personalities and their situations. I like to have characters that readers can relate to, laugh with, empathize with, and really get to know.

Catrina Barton: By engaging them on an emotional level with characters they can connect to and well written emotional scenes.

Karina Kantas: I make sure there are plenty of conflicts and that the reader can relate to the characters.

Cherie Reich: When I write a story, I try to focus on the characters and the immediacy of the situation they're thrown in. I tend to write fast-paced stories, so I believe that helps draw the reader in quickly.

Thank you all for joining us today.

Readers feel free to ask questions concerning this topic in the comments. Also feel free to send questions to chergreen@chergreen.com Subject: Voices of Fiction Question, and have them answered by the participating authors in later editions.

There’s also room for more authors to participate. Drop me an email, Subject: Voices of Fiction.

(Disclaimer - Bios and photos submitted by authors.)


Kittie Howard said...

Great suggestions from some talented writers. I'm a bit more organized with my writing and other stuff this year and hope to visit more often. *hangs head*

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

Great tips from some great authors. *waves at Cherie!

Cherie Reich said...

*waves at Michael*

It's neat to hear what the other authors said. Thanks for featuring us, Cher!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Thanks for the great tips!

Cher Green said...

Kittie, Organizing is good. I'm working on that this year also.

Michael, Cherie, Joylene, Thanks for stopping by. Let's all gear up for this wonderful year together. Full speed ahead!

kittyb78 said...

Lots of awesome ways to connect readers to characters. :)
great job organizing this, Cher. :)

Cher Green said...

kitty, Thanks. Couldn't have did it without all the wonderful authors participating. :)

Gina Gao said...

These are amazing suggestions for some talented writers. Nice post and great blog.


Cher Green said...


Thanks. Glad you like the post and the blog. Best wishes to you.

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