Monday, June 05, 2006

A good author?

First some morning eye candy for y'all. :) some yummy abs and a cute belly

Actually my question for everyone is this: What makes a good author? What makes one writer someone you will automatically buy no matter what she/he writes? It might be the same thing that makes a good story. I don't know.

Is it because they use humor in their stories that make you laugh out loud or snort milk through your nose? (like Paige Burns or Dakota Cassidy)

Is it because they take you to a new world or introduces you to aliens? (like Leigh Wyndfield or Xandra Gregory)

Or maybe it's the way they write about ghosts or ancient gods? (Darragha Foster or A.J. Matthews)

See, for me, no matter what Leigh Wyndfield writes..even if it isn't sci-fi..I'd buy it because I know she'll give me a good story no matter what. She'll take me away from my mundane world and entertain me for however long it takes to read her book. Or another one for me would be Paige Burns. She writes great romantic comedies, but if she suddenly wished to write a dark emotional paranormal, I'd still be there with my credit card waiting to buy it. I know that even though she might have jumped into another genre, I'll get my money's worth because her talent to write heart felt characters and make them real to me will make me enjoy any book she writes.

Does it have to do with that elusive thing called 'voice'? Something that we writers struggle with every day..trying to figure out what the heck our 'voice' Not sure any one of us could tell you.

Please let me know what makes you buy your favorite authors (and no they don't have to be just Liquid Silver authors..though we like to hear that you like us.. ;) I'll be stopping back as often as I can to chat with y'all and maybe post some more eye candy.

Tiffany Aaron

Touch. Tease. Please.


Blogger Estella said...

xsinkI think some authors just have the knack of writing a good story no matter the genre---as in Nora Roberts.

4:10 PM  
Blogger Paige Burns said...

Okay, you made me cry! Thanks for the kind words hon! And damn, why don't you have more comments? Hmm, may need to break out more eye candy.

Love you!

5:10 PM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

Good authors are the ones who have become my friends (you know who you are). I buy their books just because. And my TBR pile would reach the moon. Speaking of the moon, I would try to fetch it for the wonderful women who have gotten to know me. Plus ya'll write such damn good books! *g*

5:30 PM  
Blogger Kate Willoughby said...

There are some enormously popular authors out there that I don't care for after I've read two or maybe three of their books. Don't get me wrong. I really enjoy the books I read, but as a writer, I guess I can more easily predict the book's plot, outcome, conflict, etc. which makes a book a bore for me. So, if an author has a tried and true formula, I don't usually read more than three of their books. And I'm sorry for using the word formula because it has such a negative connotation, but formulas aren't all bad, obviously. Those authors wouldn't be so successful if they were!

1:36 AM  
Blogger Kate Willoughby said...

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1:36 AM  
Blogger Kate Willoughby said...

Okay, duh. First of all, I deleted the comment because it posted twice. LOL.

Secondly, I didn't really fully answer the question and went off on a tangent.

So, although those "formulaic" authors are very good, I truly love the ones who can craft stories that don't follow a pattern that I can detect.

1:39 AM  
Blogger Tiffany Aaron said...

You're right, Estella. Nora is one of them who can write in just about any genre and still do a good job.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Tiffany Aaron said...

Paige,'s the honest to god truth. :) I wouldn't lie about this.

Back at ya, dear.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Tiffany Aaron said...

Hey there, meljprincess. It was awesome meeting you at the book fair at RT this year. :) And your mom.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Tiffany Aaron said...

Kate, I'm the person who watches a movie and within five minutes from the opening scene can tell you exactly what will happen in the rest of the film.

I did that to my dh while he was watching "Devil's Advocate" starring Keanu Reeves. I came in the middle of the movie, watched five minutes of it and told him how it would end (without ever having seen the movie before)

So I understand what you mean by writers with a formula to how they write. The best ones surprise you each time they release a new book. And those are the ones I'll read more by.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

I was thrilled to meet you too, Tiffany! We had so much fun. Hope you did too.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Xandra Gregory said...

Catching up on blog posts here...Tiffany, thank you so much for the kind words!

I'm the kind of person who likes the model (not formula, but a model, which is a different thing--a story model includes a theme) because when it's a model I like, I can really just let go and enjoy the story.

On the other hand, I'm also currently reading way the hell outside the genre, and liking the surprises that come from not knowing the neighborhood, so to speak.

11:26 PM  

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