The What's Your Answer Feature is back, this time in the month of Love and Romance.
Here's how it works. I pose questions. You pick one or more and answer in the comment section. Remember, the more answers you give, the less space each should take up.
You may include one website or blog URL in your comment.
Today's Questions And My Answers:
If romance is included in a mystery, does that inclusion enrich or detract from the reading experience?
I believe romance enriches a mystery, but the author needs to lay enough groundwork to make it in some way integral to the plot. Unexplained physical attraction between characters and/or gratuitous sex at awkward times tip me off the author hasn't put enough effort into weaving the plot.
Do you like to read or write books told from the point of view of a female, male or both?
The books I read or write generally are told from both points of view. It's fun learning about what the opposite sex is thinking, especially in a romance. A good author will string along the reader, letting out a bit of rope at a time, tightening it with more conflict, and repeating the process until the denouement.
Women - Do you read books written by male authors?
Men - Do you read books written by female authors?
Three quarters of the books I read are written by female authors, the other quarter by males. One reason is I like to read romances and other genres which include romance. The ones that interest me generally seem to be written by female authors. That said, two of my favorite authors, who have since departed, were Dick Francis and Sidney Sheldon.
Now It's Your Turn. We'd love to hear your answers. Pick a Question (or more) and Answer In the Comment Section.
Morgan Mandel is a past president of Chicago-North RWA,
was the Library Liaison for MWMWA, and is an active blogger & networker.
Her current release, Forever Young: Blessing or Curse is available in Print, Kindle, Nook, Smashwords and other formats. Excerpts and buy link lists for all four of Morgan's novels are at:
Morgan's personal blog: http://morganmandel.blogspot.com/