I am pleased to share my blog with Author, J.S. Frankel today. J.S. recently released a YA Fantasy novel, THE TITANS OF ARDANA. Not only do we see a little comedy and romance in this book, but, I was told it involves chocolate!! Personally, I LOVE chocolate. I also love what today’s guest author has to say. Enjoy…
Why we write
Pretty simple title, really, but there’s a whole lot that follows. Someone on another forum asked why they should write if there’s no recognition or compensation. It was a fair question.
For me, writing is not just a means. It’s an end in itself. It’s a challenge to pen the best work you possibly can. How to shape the story to your will, how to build characters and worlds, how to pull the reader in…all of those and more. It’s been said before, but it’s worth saying again. A good story will pull you into a world. A great one will keep you there.
Of course, there is the concept of compensation. As a writer, I would remiss if I didn’t be honest in saying I’d love to be compensated more than I have been. However, the readers have to be there. Good to great ratings aside, sales have always been slow. So while the idea of remuneration IS ever-present, it has not dominated my life. My commitment to writing a great story, the best I can do, continues.
That’s what it’s all about. Hundreds of thousands of writers are in the same position, but my honest feeling is that if you’re just doing it for the money, you’re going to lose sight of who and what you are. So while getting paid is definitely important, it’s also equally if not more important in my eyes to write something memorable, something that will last long after we’ve shuffled off this mortal coil.
To quote a line from my latest novel, The Titans of Ardana, when writing, hold nothing back. Give everything.
“Hold nothing back. Give everything.” That’s the catchphrase of Martin Calder, a teenager obsessed with the hit television show, The Metas. On a mission to get an autograph from the star of the show, Dana—no last name given—he comes face to face with reality. Dana and her twin brother, Van, the co-star of the show, aren’t exactly from around here.
Devine Destinies (main publisher)
J.S. Frankel was born in Toronto, Canada and grew up there, receiving his tertiary education from the University of Toronto and graduating with a double major in English Literature and Political Science.
After working for Gray Coach Lines a grand total of three years, he came to Japan at the age of twenty-six and has been there ever since, teaching English to any and all students who enter his hallowed school of learning.
In 1997, he married Akiko Koike. He, his wife and his two children, Kai and Ray, currently reside in Osaka. His hobbies include weight training, watching movies when his writing schedule allows, and listening to various kinds of music. The Tower is his first novel, published by UntreedReads.com. His other novels, all for the YA set, include Twisted, Lindsay Versus the Marauders and it’s sequel, Lindsay, Jo, and the Tree of Forever, all three courtesy of Regal Crest Enterprises. He has also written Death Bytes and the Catnip series, courtesy of DevineDestinies.com.
Future projects include the last in the Lindsay/Jo trilogy, an adult thriller entitled What She Saw, and four other sequels to Catnip. He is also the author of The Menagerie, Just Another Quiet Little Town and its sequel, Just Another Quiet Little City, as well as The Nightmare Crew trilogy.
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