Today I'm thrilled to introduce this week's Speculative Fiction Writer, Michael Offutt. I'm a huge fan. If you haven't read Slipstream or Oculus (Books one and two from his A Crisis of Two Worlds Series) you must. Over to Michael...
The stories we tell shine like stars in the sky
First off, I want to say thank you to author Ellie Garratt, not only because her awesome book is coming out on March 11th and I was one of the privileged few that got to do a cover reveal, but because she’s back to blogging again after a huge hiatus and I missed her!
I think that sometimes you meet a person and you just click—you’re comfortable with them, and you don’t have to pretend to be anyone or anything.
I also think that good writing starts this way. You pick up a pen (or in the modern age you sit down at a word processor) and if you have the correct character for you in your head, the rest is easy. A bond forms between a writer and their protagonist and there are no pretensions…only story.
I call this the magic of make believe.
I (just like you) am a writer of stories. Everyone has one inside them. The ones that I create are 100% fiction despite the fact that some readers will inevitably pull little tidbits of this or that from what I might write or my characters might do. But I can’t deny that when you pick up one of my stories for the first time, what I really want you to hear is a single sentence said in your own voice.
“Oh darling, let’s be adventurers for a while.”
Speculative fiction has so much to offer, and so many bold horizons. If you are feeling jaded by life, I urge you to pick up a book…any book…and go exploring. It does the mind good to dream, and I’m thankful every day for all the speculative fiction authors out there who’ve created worlds and continue to forge universes in so many varieties that they are impossible to quantify.
The stories told by all of us shine like the stars, and they will be there long after we are gone.
If in the slim chance you choose to pick up one of my stories, know that I have a list of things I want:
- That we make a nice pear. :)
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Thank you, Micheal. It was an honour to reveal Passing Time's cover on your blog, and I certainly missed you and all my other blogging friends during my hiatus. I agree - stories really do shine like the stars.