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Re: men writing novels featuring female protags


paulgoatallen wrote:

 

 

Okay, that said, I also wanted to throw out the topic of male authors writing from a female perspective. I haven't seen this too much in my reading – the last example I can think of was Earl Merkel's mystery, Virgins and Martyrs, and although I liked the overall storyline, I thought his female narrative voice wasn't "authentic" at times. Mark's female narrative voice is spot on. For example: "...there was no way I was subjecting vintage Galliano to the inquisition of plastic lawn chairs; the creases would be unmanageable."

 

I'm wondering how much female input Mark has because the believability factor is completely solid throughout – and also, how hard is it to write from a female perspective?

Paul


Paul,

 

I was wondering the same thing because as I was reading Road Trip I was thinking of how spot on Mark was with Amanda's character.  She is totally believable as one of those "snotty" kinds of girls and it was actually a hoot to read.  I remember thinking that Mark must have some amazing women to draw off of because it was so spot on, if I hadn't known the author was a man I wouldn't have been able to tell if this has been written by a female writer.

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Re: men writing novels featuring female protags

Hey y'all!

 

Sorry I stepped out for a couple of weeks.  Got back from the Paranormal Bender Tour last Monday and promptly got sick, just coming out of the fugue now.  And all that right in the middle of a deadline!

 

Anyone interested in a tour recap can check out my blog. We're also hosting ZOMBIERAMA at the League of Reluctant Adults, all this week.

 

Any more questions?

  

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Re: MARCH FEATURE #3: Road Trip of the Living Dead by Mark Henry

Darn. I wanted to read this in time for the discussion, realized there was no way I could make it ... and I missed all the fun. By far the most interesting discussion I have witnessed in a long time. Thanks everyone who participated. Please keep this thread available for a time. Intriguing. Useful. And fun. I feel like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
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Re: men writing novels featuring female protags


markhenry wrote:

Any more questions?

  


Mark:

I think I asked you this last year so if I did, please forgive me.

 

Ever contemplate writing something not only outside of the Amanda Feral storyline but outside of the genre altogether?

Paul 

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Re: MARCH FEATURE #3: Road Trip of the Living Dead by Mark Henry


PenelopeTX wrote:
Darn. I wanted to read this in time for the discussion, realized there was no way I could make it ... and I missed all the fun. By far the most interesting discussion I have witnessed in a long time. Thanks everyone who participated. Please keep this thread available for a time. Intriguing. Useful. And fun. I feel like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

You still have time!!!!

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Re: men writing novels featuring female protags


paulgoatallen wrote:

markhenry wrote:

Any more questions?

  


Mark:

I think I asked you this last year so if I did, please forgive me.

 

Ever contemplate writing something not only outside of the Amanda Feral storyline but outside of the genre altogether?

Paul 


Why it's funny you should ask.  I'm working on co-authoring a screenplay (with another urban fantasy author) that has no paranormal elements, but lots of kink and violence, and there's a collection of humorous essays in my future, if I could just get my deadline under control.  But up next is a proposal for a YA paranormal that's a mix of The Lovely Bones and Mission Impossible, with ghosts who possess the living and the dead (I can never stray too far from zombies).  They've even found there insidious way into The Dark Rites of Joe Barkley (the spec book about the impotent incubus).

 

So, lots on my plate.

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Re: MARCH FEATURE #3: Road Trip of the Living Dead by Mark Henry



markhenry wrote:

You still have time!!!!


 

 
 Hey, thanks Mark! I promise that if I cannot read it before the end of March, I will definitely still purchase it. The premise is too unusual not to investigate.
 
 
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Re: MARCH FEATURE #3: Road Trip of the Living Dead by Mark Henry

Hey Mark, I just went over and read last year's Happy Hour thread. I think you mentioned that you were already writing book 3? Is that true? When is it available?
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Re: MARCH FEATURE #3: Road Trip of the Living Dead by Mark Henry

Hi Penelope,

 

Yep. In fact, I just got a look at the preliminary cover of Battle of the Network Zombies, which I turned in back in July and it's definitely a departure from the covers of Happy Hour and Road Trip.  Right now, I'm waiting for a response on my proposal for books 4 and 5 in the series. Cross your fingers.

 

Mark

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Re: MARCH FEATURE #3: Road Trip of the Living Dead by Mark Henry

 


markhenry wrote:

Hi Penelope,

 

Yep. In fact, I just got a look at the preliminary cover of Battle of the Network Zombies, which I turned in back in July and it's definitely a departure from the covers of Happy Hour and Road Trip.  Right now, I'm waiting for a response on my proposal for books 4 and 5 in the series. Cross your fingers.

 

Mark


 

 

Mark:

I L-O-V-E the title of your newest! Battle of the Network Zombies.... Perfect!

 

Paul

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