I majored in Creative Writing. Not because I like writing – because I like Ferraris and fast women. Majoring in Creative Writing in San Francisco was one of the smartest things I have ever done. We drank wine during class. We took lots of smoke breaks. We were passionate and in love with writing and reading and the sheer bliss of it all. I met a lot of great writers. And I met some crappy ones, too.
I am going to make a huge generalization here. That’s how I roll. Most of the good writers I knew looked like your average citizen. But there was always one or two kids…kids who actually wore berets and smoked those short foreign cigarettes. Kids who wore scarves when it was warm. Kids who carried notebooks everywhere and tried to sit in conspicuous spots and look like they had existential jock itch. Man, they annoyed me. And they never seemed to produce much actual writing. Continue reading “What a writer looks like…”
People—me included—love reading memoirs because they are true stories that give us insight into someone else’s experience. Memoirs differ from autobiographies in that they only cover a short period of time, not an entire life. Also, they are understood to be the author’s experience rather than an objective document. Here are five things to consider when writing a memoir:
1. What is the purpose of your memoir?
You can write a memoir as therapy, an effective way to understand and cope with a confusing or traumatic experience. As Abigail Thomas says, “Writing memoir is a way to figure out who you used to be and how you got to be who you are.”
The man came into the border town at dawn. He sat tall in his saddle, and he was a tall man. A handful of inches over six feet, but slim and wiry. He was some dirty, and a week’s worth of stubble smudged his rawboned face. Behind him, the desert heat was building and the red sun was rising like a phoenix. It had been a hard ride, but Thane Johnson was a man used to hardship.
He sprang from the saddle and threw his reins over the strangest looking hitching post he had ever seen. Looking up and down the quiet street, he realized that it wasn’t just the hitching post. This was the strangest town he had ever seen. And he had seen many. Continue reading “The Double Shot. (for Louis L’Amour)”
Kristen says she has always been passionate about stories and took up writing at a young age. Many of her early novels, back in middle school, were actually rewrites of her favorite movies. “Of course I didn’t see that until later on! I rewrote The Swiss Family Robinson into The Island Tribe, a story about kids. I began getting published in 2005, first in a short story journal out of Australia called Skive and then a small press in Canada called Lachesis Publishing. Around that time, I joined the self publishing bandwagon and found I enjoy designing the book along with writing it. My books are mainly romance with other genres thrown in,” she says.
Kristen’s describes her writing style as conversational with vivid descriptions and characters that draw in the reader. She says most of her reviews mention how much the reader liked the characters and the mystery element in her romances. “Several things might set my novels apart such how I use Oregon and the beauty here, the warm characters, and my dialogue. I’ve gotten quite a few compliments on that.” Continue reading “Meet the Author: Kristen James”