If I've called to mind for you a killer broom ride to steal a dragon egg then we share at least a reference point, but Mad-Eye Moody wasn't so far wrong, not where this writing business is concerned. Unfortunately, knowing that doesn't make it any easier, does it? Like Harry, we still have to ponder what the heck we are good at and figure out how on EARTH that applies to the situation at hand.
Bear with me a moment, or better yet BARE with me... I'm rather famous for preferring nakedness after all, and as long as we're grasping at strengths, no point leaving out even those that might seem silly at first glance...
Well... I can wriggle my nose (or wiggle, if you're in the US)--up and down like a bunny.
In fact I have a full repertoire of silly faces. Any of you who cares to buy me a number of drinks in a dimly lit bar can see them if you'd like, but I can assure you I was once called a cartoon. They really ARE silly faces.
I can write a limerick... wait, not tell... better to SHOW you that:
A limerick's a mighty fine skill
Overlooked in the arts, if you will
Need a wee bit of rhyming
and a little more timing
And a couple of glasses of swill
Okay, so anybody can write a limerick, but I've devoted a bit of time to it *shifty*
Sadly, silly faces and limericks aren't really key qualities to the publishing industry though, so I had to just give those skills amiss and ask what OTHER skills I had...
So what AM I good at that's USEFUL?
- I have a couple psych degrees, so characterization comes pretty naturally.
- I seem to have a knack for a bendy plot—this can be bad, too—or rather, it pigeonholes me for genre—it creates a definite challenge for Young Adult stuff, but it fits mystery very well.
- I'm definitely persistent (I think any of us who write books regularly are—we have to be).
- But really the strength that defines me—the one that is less common, is humor. I'm sort of a nut.
I've struggled with that last. I envision myself a dark, sexy, mysterious sort, but the fact of the matter is the guy was right... I'm more of a cartoon. And finding a genre that is BOTH bendy, mysterious and silly was NOT something I ever thought I'd do... But as it turns out, Cozy Mystery found ME.
Dead people. Solving the mystery... but lots of laughs mixed in there, most often through the personalities of a couple key characters.
And you know what? When you find the genre that suits your strengths, it really feels like playing to write... At least until the reviews start rolling...
A beauty pageant for little girls—the Little Miss Begonia Pageant—has decided to hold their event in a Roanoke park. Camellia is called in to help deal with the botanical details, the cute contestants, and their catty mothers. She soon realizes that the drama onstage is nothing compared to the judges row. There’s jealousy, betrayal, and a love triangle involving local newsman—and known lothario—Telly Stevens. And a mysterious saboteur is trying to stop the pageant from happening at all.
But the drama turns deadly when Stevens is found dead, poisoned by some sort of plant. With a full flowerbed of potential suspects, Cam needs to dig through the evidence to uproot a killer with a deadly green thumb.
Hart (aka, Alyse Carlson) writes books from her bathtub and can be found at Confessions of a Watery Tart, on Facebook (author page, profile), Twitter, or Goodreads.
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