Mistaken Identity

What’s in a name? Shakespeare notwithstanding, a whole hell of a lot.

Aimer Boyz is my pen name. It means To Love Boys. I thought it was a natural fit for someone who writes M/M romance, but I’m just now realizing as I write this that translated into English… it makes me sound like a pedophile. Crap. Crap. Crap.

Not only did I choose a rather questionable name,  but I compounded the error by deciding that a picture of two men kissing would be the perfect feature image for this blog. In my defense, I thought the picture said, “Hey, this is what I write.”

A picture, like any art form, speaks through the person who views it. While I thought the image of two men was a clear representation of my genre,  some visitors to my blog assumed it was a clear representation of me. Some were annoyed when they found out I was not who they thought I was.

I do not post my picture here, I do not use my real name. I’m not trying to deceive anyone, I merely want my words to stand on their own.

I apologize to anyone who might have felt duped. It was not my intention.

Tonight, I changed my feature image to something that is hopefully more innocuous. Obviously, I still have a lot to learn about blogging.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s screwed up 🙂

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Are You in Your Books?

It’s inevitable. It’s not always a conscious act on the author’s part, but it’s always the end result. Bits and pieces of the author find their way into their characters. This character’s favourite ice cream,  that character’s  height, eye colour, sleeping habits, exercise routine. All the personality quirks that make a fictional person feel real? They work because they are stolen from a real person, usually the author.

This is as true on the larger scale as it is on the small. Is the space alien an atheist, does the vampire support transgender rights, does the fictional mom running car pool in suburbia support legalized euthanasia? The answer lies in the author’s own belief system, in the author’s concept of morality.

There are also times when an author can be seen through a character that expresses the exact opposite of the author’s own feelings and beliefs.

At the base of all fiction is a kernel of non-fiction and that kernel comes from the author. No matter how dystopian, futuristic, or paranormal the novel, it is that basis of real that makes it read as true. Bits and pieces of the author filtered through their characters make the book authentic.

Case in point: The fact I write about Vampires says something about me 🙂

Are you in your books?

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Crazy

You know that promise you make to yourself? When you swear you will never do this  (behaviour of choice) again, ever? And then, of course, you do it again. Crazy, right?

Some time about the middle of my last book, I told myself never again. I sucked, no one was ever going to read my books anyway, why was I putting myself through this … you know the rant.

Done. Finished. Over.

A secondary character whispered to me. Wisps of scenes and conversations tantalized and teased and …  (insert faourite expletive here)!!!

Okay, not over. Not done.

I’m writing book two in a trilogy. Crazy? Yes.

I’ve gone crazy and I won’t be back anytime soon.

But this is it. This trilogy — which at the moment amounts to a whole 400 words followed by no freaking idea — and I’m done. Really 🙂

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A Little Blood

 

 

Sweet Spot

Despite this picture of pastel perfection, I’m not talking about food. I’m not talking about the right place to hit your golf ball or that singular spot on your body that melts your mind. Sorry.

I’m talking about an author’s sweet spot; those few golden days between the last edit and publication. That slice of heaven when your book is pure genius — before it jumps out on Amazon and … no one cares.

No one buys it, you PayPal account is laughing at you, and a reviewer destroys any desire you might ever have to write again. Fun times.

If you’re sitting in the sweet spot, enjoy. Sit back, crack open a bottle of wine or that new pint of ice cream, enjoy that feeling of accomplishment. Bask in the bliss — before you hit publish.

I intend to 🙂

 

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Help

It took forever but I finally have it done. It’s only the first draft, of course, and God knows how much tweaking it will need. The prevailing wisdom is to take a step back and forget the manuscript for at least a month before you try editing. Knowing how much work is still ahead of me, I’m okay with this little vacation. At this point, I don’t even know if I like the book, never mind if anyone else will 🙂

While I’m twiddling my keyboard…Not sure that’s even possible but it makes me laugh…I’m trying to decide how to publish this gem that no one is going to read.

I’m considering both Smashwords and Kindle Direct. Opinions, anyone?

 

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