There is not a single person who does something without wanting something in return. No person gives information freely, no lover gives a kiss without expectations.
This idea explains hope- fostering a desire and being brave enough to wish that what you're giving will someday earn you that desire- just as much as it explains selfishness.
What your character says reflects the thing they want most, and how they say it has a direct correlation with whether they get it. Because of this, you can't have powerful dialogue without a deep understanding of your character's driving motivations.
It is no secret that self publishing is the go to route for Authors who have a creative vision not worth compromising and an unwavering determination. It requires the most hands on involvement as you are in charge of finding and paying for everything from your copy editor to your cover artist. You make the words on the page look as good as they read, and you make sure it gets into the hands of the right audience. The Greek Titan Atlas has nothing on the weight a Self Publisher carries on their shoulders.
In 2016 self published titles and Amazon published titles were responsible for bringing in %25 of the gross income for the book industry. That same year 786,935 books were published by authors who knew that their visions could be best accomplished themselves, and %27 of the titles on Amazon's Best Sellers List belong to those authors.
Our very own Bree Moore joined their ranks in 2017 when she published her novel Woven. Inspired by Arthurian legend and Lord Alfred Tennyson's ballad, "The Lady of Shalott", Woven is an intricately told story of two women who find themselves faced with two very different curses. Elaina fights a curse that traps her forever weaving a beautiful tapestry high in a tower. Guinevere must keep from succumbing to her splintered personalities in order to circumvent the plan to kill her love, King Arthur.
Now, Woven is out for your listening pleasure on Audible, and I had the chance to chat with Bree Moore about her book, her life, and the publishing process itself.
Violence. Sex. Horror. Insanity. Abuse. Trauma. These are all things considered dark writing, and they all have a wonderful place in literacy. When you are writing and considering if you should add such dark elements, it can be a scary choice.
What if I scare off potential readers?
What if I can’t research topics properly?
What if people judge me for writing such things?
We're all writers, we're all moms, writing our way through the "brambles" of life and our stories.