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BLOOD AND BRINE
by Caprice Hokstad
Published by Splashdown Books
ABOUT THE BOOK
Book 3 in Ascendancy trilogy
What should be a season of rejoicing over Duke Vahn's newly-recovered son is overshadowed by fear of an uncertain future. Vahn's brother, King Arx, expands the war with neighboring Ganluc, while enemies at home seek to shatter the Rebono dynasty forever. Strained relations between royal twins harden into cold suspicion and treasonous accusations while a deadly plague sweeps across the land.
As the royal bloodline is torn asunder, two races, the Elva and Itzi, discover that only together can they stop the plague and restore their unraveling kingdom.
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AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR FEATURE AUTHOR
My publisher asked me to be a guest blogger here after she heard of the opportunity. She’s big on “getting your name out there.” I’m with a small press and it’s a struggle to find an audience. Those who have read my books have said good things, but the trouble is finding people interested in reading. But back to why I’m here.
Being the dutiful writer I am, I agreed for the sake of marketing, but I really didn’t know what in the world I was going to write about. In fact, the whole idea made me panic big time. I am not good at non-fiction nor do I have any “expert advice” to dispense or “special knowledge” to endow. So I checked amberstockton.com to see if I could figure out what her readers might be interested in.
Then I found it. I gasped out loud. There’s a fan fiction link! The minute I read the confession about how many people visited the fanfiction page, I knew what I would write about.
I, too, write fanfiction.
Yes, I know there’s a stigma. By some perceptions, writing fanfiction places me in the category of black sheep. Some have told me I shouldn’t admit to it in public. I know some professional writers who use pen names which they guard as if they’re secret-agent identities. It’s a big, dark secret they write fanfiction.
I do use a pen name, but it’s no secret. Fanfiction.net forced me to choose one, but I lay claim to it on my blog very openly and I have told my fanfiction readers my real name on my profile. I like using a pen name to keep my genres separate, not because I am ashamed. The fact is, I have more fanfiction readers than readers of my original fiction.
Fanfiction writing is nothing to be ashamed of. About eighteen years ago, three novels in the fandom I write for were published by a Big Six publisher in New York. Not just trade paperback, but “pocket” books that ended up in airports and grocery stores as well as the bookstores. These three books are now out of print, but I found them used. Two out of the three I can truthfully say, “I could do better than that.” And actually, I have done better than that. I have written two novels I would submit to these folks for consideration as authorized if I could. I’m just eighteen years too late.
My point is those other four authors who got published (one book has two authors named) were no different than me. None of the three books are authored by the man who created the original characters and background, including the book that is simply a novelization of the pilot screenplay (which was written by the creator)! So if others got paid to write novels when they were not the creator, how am I or any other fanfiction writer inferior? If the show hadn’t gone defunct, I would be submitting for authorization. If my reader’s comments are any indication of quality, I think I’d have a pretty decent chance, too.
Writing fanfiction isn’t easy (see http://amberstockton.com/fanfic.html for a good description of why) and I think I’ve made a case for it being respectable. Now if I could just figure out how to make it pay…
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Thank you, Caprice, for sharing with us today.
Guest Question: Do you read or write fanfiction and if so, do you hide it? If not, why not?
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