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My Review of Gender in Fiction

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My review of Gender in Fiction--A Collaborative Exploration

Can you write effectively in the voice of the opposite sex? Seriously think about that question.

I stumbled across this little gem by pure accident, and I'm glad that I did. The book is a collaboration by seven authors on the topic–does it matter the gender of an author? At least that’s how it started; then it went down side streets and back alleyways that led to some lively and interesting perspectives. I found the book to be educational and informative for any author looking to broaden their horizon on writing fiction; writing male, female characters, dialogue & description, and writing about the opposite sex. The lead author, Gordon Wilson, used an example of a man/woman love scene that mentioned the woman arching her back in a particular way. That there was something about the description that made him believe it was written by a female–a man wouldn’t know such intimate details. The first collaborator dived right in about male versus female writers and whether men can write a girl’s part and vice versa. She said when a woman is writing dialogue for a man she must think like a man. How would a man say it? And a man must think like a woman when writing a woman’s part. But how can a man write about putting on lipstick when he’s never worn lipstick? Or what would a man know about putting on stockings? The gender of an author should not matter to a reader, but it does when the author goes awry.

Most romantic novels are predominantly read by women. Now men authors, you don’t think that matters? If you want to be a successful writer, you must use the right words that move readers, and you must be right on point. I’ve written several novels where I had to write from a woman's perspective.

In my latest novel, Harry’s Love Letters Hacked! The lead character is a married woman who's having an emotional affair. It is a love story with some explicit, romantic love scenes. To pull that off, I had to read, study, observe the writings of other romance novels written by women. I had to feel their words, rhythm and beat. I watched movies to see how a woman acted in an extra-martial affair. I had to know how she felt emotionally; I needed to feel her nervousness, passion, and pain. So, I agree with the author who said, it takes a lot of research and creativity to write from a perspective that’s completely different from your own. And like the last collaborator said, "you have to write from a place within… identify and become one with the characters." To me, the best writers are always in character. I’m glad to see this collaboration of seven make it to publication–most collaborations never see the break of day. I’m sure it wasn’t an easy project. As a matter fact, I know it wasn’t having done a few myself. Kudos, to everyone who contributed to this magnificent piece of art. The only negative I had about the book is the price. I think that as authors we have a tendency to undervalue our products and at 0.99 cents this is grossly undervalued. It is a brilliant book worthy of ten times the price and a place in your library. Five Big Stars

GENDER IN FICTION Available on Amazon.com Click Here. Authors Gordon Wilson, MJ LaBeff, Michele Barrow, Belisle, Bibiana Krall, Caroline, Harbour, Julia Satu-Edward Selender, and JenneferC. Lopez

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