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missesdash from Paris is reading The Informers October 9, 2011 - 2:47pm

It seems like a lot of the writers here have similar styles (Adult fiction with a literary bent).

But I'm sure there are plenty of lurkers who haven't posted their work or blogs. So, what do you write? Let's hear your genre, age group and comparisons to other authors if you feel so inclined. I'm just interested in the overall demographic.

I write upper YA, contemporary and sometimes speculative-fiction. I write minimally and tend towards darker themes and high-concepts.

Et vous?

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lynx_child from Seattle is reading The Dresden Files series October 9, 2011 - 3:04pm

I write fantasy, sci fi, horror, and often combine them.  I typically aim for adult readers. I have written plays, poetry, short stories, newspaper articles and tabletop rpg supplements, but my main focus is novel-length projects.

I also keep a writing blog but it's mostly to keep myself on track.  The only people who read it are a few younger writers (teenagers) from another writing group I'm in - and my mother.

My writing isn't currently at a level where I could compare myself to a published author.  I can say that I've drawn inspiration from Magician by Raymond E. Feist, The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub, and H.P. Lovecraft.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break October 9, 2011 - 3:07pm

I write Christian Erotica.

My next novel Good Sex, Great Prayers is a combination of The Bible and Kama Sutra.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. October 9, 2011 - 3:34pm

You could call your follow up: Kneel, Pray, Fuck.

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 9, 2011 - 4:16pm

i write what i write. which isnt a contrite way of me not answering, but rather that while my voice stays steady and bent in the same literary direction my ideas range from psychological thrillers, to sci-fi/dystopian futures, satires and back to just straight out literary writing.

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moleskine from Virginia is reading The Booked. Anthology, edited by Pela Via October 9, 2011 - 8:29pm

I always set out to write straightforward, realistic literary stories but all too often they take a turn for the weird. I suppose what I end up with is magical realism or slipstream, if I understand the definitions of those terms correctly.

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Danny grant October 9, 2011 - 9:17pm

@ Brandon, HAHA!!!! that was seriously funny!!!!

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Mike Mckay is reading God's Ashtray October 10, 2011 - 10:36pm

I have no specified or chosen style. I write solely based on what I feel and put that drive towards a new idea, just kicking the shit and writing anything interesting that comes to mind.

@Brandon I must read your material, really sounds intriguing already.

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club October 10, 2011 - 10:52pm

I want to write young adult fantasy novels.  Pretty much everything I have written consists of short theatre skits.  Currently I'm working on, or should be working on, a short story for the Zen Mind class that I would consider historical fiction.  It's always fun exploring different genres.  

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. October 10, 2011 - 10:55pm

@Brandon, you just made me horny.

What do I write?

I guess it all depends.  Sometimes I write horror/sci-fi, I used to write poetry but now I kind of feel I'm out of the poetry stage of my life.  I like surrealism/transgressive fiction with a psychological bend but then sometimes if I feel I'm becoming too predictable I will try to write something completely different than anything I have done before just to challenge myself.

I'm currently lurking.  I posted quite a few stories on the cult but I'm kind of shy with all the new people right now and feeling things out but I will get the courage to post something soon.  My other stuff on there was (just to give you an idea):

My Savage Self:  about a teenage boy who stalks his married writer idol and seduces him then blackmails him to write another novel or he will turn him in for statutory rape. 

My Favorite Blowjob:  about a strange young woman who stalks a misogynistic casanova type of guy who uses women like tissue paper, she ends up biting his dick off and leaves him bleeding to death

Phone Sex Goddess:  about a guy who plays a female phone sex operator and gets a guy to fall in love with him and then they end up meeting face to face and the guy wants to have sex with him in the dark but only if he uses 'the female voice' that he became attracted to

So currently I would say my stuff is obsessed with sexual identity and androgyny.  How far people can be pushed sexually before it becomes pathological and there is a strong sense of taboo.  I am fascinated by taboo even though some people believe there are no more taboos, I beg to differ.  I think there are always things that make people uncomfortable and they want to pretend don't exist.

My next story I'm writing for LitReactor is about cuckolding. If you guys know what that means.  It's when a husband enjoys watching his wife be with other men sexually but my fascination is about interracial cuckolding when a white man wants to see his wife get fucked by a black man and the implications of that psychologically, culturally and historically.

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Bradley Sands from Boston is reading Greil Marcus's The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs October 10, 2011 - 11:00pm

I write what my publishers classify as bizarro fiction: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bizarro_fiction

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. October 11, 2011 - 12:32am

I write about sex, drugs and violence. Why I write?-- probably sexual frustration. 

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Dr. Gonzo from Manchester, UK is reading Blood Meridian October 11, 2011 - 2:17am

It can vary.  Normally it's some kind of social commentary looking at subjects like the digital age, sex, power, greed...  These themes can be carried by horrors and thrillers and dramas.  More often than not, I write dramas.

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Howard_Rue from Mount Dora, Florida is reading Heart-Shaped Box October 11, 2011 - 2:39am

Queer literature, general fiction and horror.  But, like others, I just write and sorta just see what happens.



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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig October 11, 2011 - 10:27am

I guess general fiction? Like Charles, I write what I write. I have a weird conspiracy driven story waiting for revision, a sci fi story on the back burner and a 'literary' story I am working on now, for NaNo I plan to write a suspense story.

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Alex Kane from west-central Illinois is reading Dark Orbit October 11, 2011 - 10:41am

Literary horror, sociological science fiction, and weird/dark fantasy, I guess. I write what my influences write: Joe Hill, Chuck Palahniuk, Tobias S. Buckell, Stephen King, William Gibson, Arthur C. Clarke, Jay Lake, Richard Matheson...

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Philly V from Bradford is reading The Crow Road October 11, 2011 - 10:50am

Horror, psychological horror, sci-fi horror, experimental horror, post-apocalyptic horror...

Fuck it, I just want to be Richard Matheson.

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CJ Roberts from Salem, MA is reading goodreads.com/cjroberts_dmm October 11, 2011 - 12:24pm

I wish I knew. Not romance?

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club October 11, 2011 - 1:01pm

I've often thought about writing satire, somewhere along the lines of Kurt Vonnegut and Chuck Palanhiuk, but I don't think I have the voice for it.  I wouldn't even know where to start.  

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 11, 2011 - 1:03pm

@rae: the essays by chuck on craft are a good place to start. point of fact, where i started. they'll teach you the bare bones of conversational/minimal writing.

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club October 11, 2011 - 1:42pm

Right now I'm not enlisted in the workshops, but once I am I'll be sure to give those a look.  Thanks for the tip.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig October 11, 2011 - 8:53pm

Actually, change my answer to @CJ Robert's answer:

Not romance?

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Ninko Kirilov from Bulgaria is reading "Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance" by Robert Pirsig October 17, 2011 - 6:21am

I write...texts :) As far as I'm an editor in chief of an online male magazine I write everyday a bunch of texts. Although, that's not the real writing for me. I write short stories that used to post in my blog. Now I'm waiting for some publishers' answers about an eventual book gathering some of them.

We all write everyday, no matter what. And Bukowski said that a good writer knows when not to write :)

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Danny grant October 17, 2011 - 9:34am

@Charles, I just started Chuck's Craft Essays and am just amazed at how helpful they are. Clevenger's are extremley helpful too.

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simon morris from Originally, Philadelphia, PA; presently Miami Beach, FL is reading This Body of Death, by Elizabeth George October 17, 2011 - 10:38am

My past writing is mostly nonfiction. I have had 3 books published including two self-help books for abused women and a textbook on addictions treament. I've had a screenplay optioned by an indie studio but not produced. The textbook and first self help book were chosen by the University of Nebraska for a place in their collective "Great Thoughts in the Social Sciences in the Twentieth Century," an achievement I still can't believe because it places me in a pantheon with writers like Benjamin Spock, Anna Freud, Carl Rogers and Carl Sagan. Heck, I don't belong on the same planet with those folks, let alone on the same shelf!

My desire now is to write genre fiction -- psychological mystery -- using my background as a psychotherapist working within the mental health system, the penal system and the addictions treatment system as well as private practice. I have a lot of potential characters running around inside me which are waiting for roles to be assigned to them and plots constructed around them from within which they can perform. They are based on the many people I have met but will all be amalgams of several of them with life histories that are their own.

One of the real ones sounded like this...


"Shit, here I go. ...

"I was abused by my mother when I was a child. I was abused by my husband as an adult. I abused myself with drugs and alcohol. I abused myself by having sex for money, or with men who had no love for me.

"It felt right at the time because I had no love for myself - I still don't. I feel unworthy. I want to hurt somebody. I hate myself. I take my anger out on my children. I destroy friendships through my anger and insecurity. I run to sick men to seek comfort.

"I don't know who I am. I cover it all up with jokes and smiles and assurances that, hey, I'm ok today.  I didn't pick up a drink or a drug.

I can't stop the pain. I'm thirty-three years old and still suck my thumb and play with a piece of satin to try to make myself feel better. I'm in great shape, aren't I?

"I hate men and I don't trust women. Sometimes, I even resent my kids just because they are there and I want to be alone, or I want to go out and have fun. I have this friend. He tells me I'm special and I have all kinds of good qualities. When he says those things to me, sometimes I just want to rip his face off. Doesn't he know how much I want to believe those words, but inside I believe it's a crock and he's gonna be just like the others and want something back from me? Maybe if I shut my eyes, he will disappear.

"I think I'm gonna be ok soon. See, there's this guy I met. He makes me feel great. He really turns me on. Maybe if we get it on, I can forget my pain and feel good for a little while. I have to keep it my secret though. Too much to lose if I open my mouth because everybody will tell me I'm not ready for a relationship. What do they know, anyway?

Is that what you wanted to hear?"

"Is that what you needed to say?"

From: Stop the Merry-Go-Round: Stories of Women who Broke the Cycle of Abusive Relationships. HSI/Tab Books, Inc. A Division of McGraw-Hill.

I got off the schneid and signed up for the whole megilla today. See you in the reviews and story posts

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Bekanator from Kamloops, British Columbia is reading Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter October 17, 2011 - 11:57am

I like to say that I write "dirty short stories that can still be considered literary".  I don't always write about sex, although it's not always a sex scene.  Sex can wind its way into fiction in thousands of different ways.  Feminism is also something I like to tie into my work a lot.  I'd say I write general literary fiction.  It's very human.

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H.R. James from Houston, Texas is reading Werner Herzog's A Guide for the Perplexed October 17, 2011 - 7:24pm

I write about depraved losers who usually engage in illegal activities and typically end up in fucked up situations. I usually learn from my characters on what things not to do when I step out the door.

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Nick from Toronto is reading Adjustment Day October 17, 2011 - 7:41pm

@ HR James that sounds right up my alley

I've only written one short story ever... I'm trying to get another finished ASAP but I'm having trouble staying focused.

Chuck P is a big influence for me, I try to keep his lessons in mind when I write. I find the stories in Haunted inspirational.

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Nick from Toronto is reading Adjustment Day October 17, 2011 - 7:43pm

Also, is anyone taking Mark's current workshop?  I took it at the start of this year and found it very worthwhile.

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I'm currently in Mark's class. Every post he makes is helpful, because they're all pretty much and I quote short essays.

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Fylh from from from is reading is from is reading is reading is reading reading is reading October 18, 2011 - 1:10am

Apart from my main project, a book about my mother, I also write: 

— absolutely riveting detective fiction

— deep and moving reflections on the state of western culture

— the most titillating erotica you'll ever read

— introductory textbooks on astrophysics and palm reading

— State of the Union addresses

— groundbreaking works on feminist epistemology

— reviews for the New York Times

— travel memoirs

— DIY instruction manuals for assembling your own scone maker

— pointless and facetious lists of random things that lend me an air of ironic detachment

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Nighty Nite from NJ is reading Grimscribe: His Lives and Works October 18, 2011 - 1:36am

I write about friendship. Friendship is magic.


No but seriously I do.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz October 18, 2011 - 6:59am

I write about buttholes a lot. Just ask around. Love me a nice warm platter of buttholes. Or should I edit that to read a nice warm splatter of buttholes.

I better stop whilst I'm ahead. Plus I think I just cussed my pants again.

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind October 18, 2011 - 10:25am

I suppose I write adventure, when I write on my own. Adventure. Or maybe scifi/fantasy, which is a nice way of saying I can't write solely fantasy and I can't write solely Scifi, so I must combine them and hope they taste good together. 

Sometimes I write with others, and when I do it's general fiction or it's weirdly speculative fiction. When I write with others it's to purge the nonsense I want to write sometimes. It usually ends up a hot sexy mess of unfinished absurdity, but it's fun anyway.

When I write alone, I focus more on YA stuff. YA is so much fun to read. Right now I'm working on a story I don't really know how to classify. It's a lot like Alice in Wonderland going on a date with Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In fact, they've been going steady for some time, and this is the night they're supposed to move past second base. But there is this awkward third wheel following them around called Doctor Who, so they probably won't get any action that night. Which is a relief and a disappointment to Alice in Wonderland, because she wasn't sure she was ready for the next step, anyway. Yep. That's the overall feeling of my current project. 



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Kate Winters from Toronto is reading James Rollins' Sigma Force series October 18, 2011 - 10:59am

I have no idea how to qualify my writing. I write about characters. I'm big on character designs. I always start with a character, and then build a world around them for them to thrive in. It could be anywhere from Sci Fi to Dystopia to contemporary world, etc. It's less about what genre I write, it's more about what genre the character is suited for.

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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind October 18, 2011 - 11:37am

@Kate Winters

I should have said that answer. That pretty much sums up everything I do. :D Character development is my obsession. Good characters can stick with you for ages. That's why I like playing Persona 4, a game for the PS2. I've played it several times because I love the characters in the game. It was the first video game where, when I beat it, I was genuinely sad over having to say goodbye to my fictional friends. 

It's also why I can't enjoy much of the shows on television lately, because the characters are so unlikeable and never seem to grow as the story progresses. Ugh! Characters! I love them!

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Kate Winters from Toronto is reading James Rollins' Sigma Force series October 18, 2011 - 12:13pm

@MissK it's so hard to find good shows on TV these days. There are only a few shows that I religiously follow. Character development is absolutely one of the most interesting aspect of fiction writing. It's like playing dress-up: who do I want to think like today? (which would also explain my writing ADD... I think.)

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz October 18, 2011 - 9:01pm

Its all about the characters, isn't it. Stories can have everything but without characters they're shit. And that can't be said about any other element of a story. Great stories have been written based solely on compelling characters. 

Certainly things get a lot more interesting with all of the other peripheral goodies, but it's the characters that drive us to tears or make us shit our briefs with laughter. 

You ladies are precisely right.

I think Sci-Fan-Fi YA is a very interesting genre developing right now. Stephen King writes in the intro to his Dark Tower series about 19 as the age that he still thinks he is, even though he is much older, his mind feels nineteen.

I feel that way too, and I think a lot of people do. My point is that YA encompasses this spirit...

Anything goes. 

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch October 18, 2011 - 9:32pm

I write? I suppose I try to. What? Stuff... I hope somethin' sticks.

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missesdash from Paris is reading The Informers October 19, 2011 - 5:14am

Interesting how many of you write characters first.

I definitely start with concepts. Even when my story isn't plot driven, it tends to be high concept. Not even on purpose. But I always start with the question "what if..." then I go from there.

But when I first "see" my scenes, the characters are blurs sort of. As the story goes on, the develop and so does the voice. In the end I am big on character development and voice, and it's one of the more noticeable qualities of my writing, but plot definitely comes first when I'm constructing.

Also, cool to see another YA writer!

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Americantypo from Philadelphia is reading The Bone Clocks October 22, 2011 - 11:39am

All murder all guts all fun.


Though I probably fall more into the category of "new weird". I like realism, good characters. But for whatever reason, I find myselfs putting otherwise normal people in unreal situations. I'm not really a fan of fantasy or sci fi, but horror is just one of those genres that seems to portray normal people in abnormal circumstances. I think the best way to define what I write would be to say that a character is facing something that isn't supposed to happen, and this is predicated upon the notion that the world this character knows follows a set of rules, and somehow these rules are being broken.

I also write scat. Check out my upcoming novel, Eat, Shit, Love.

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts October 22, 2011 - 12:47pm

Its all about the characters, isn't it. Stories can have everything but without characters they're shit. And that can't be said about any other element of a story. Great stories have been written based solely on compelling characters. 

I'm off to write a story with no characters just to spite you. I guess that's the backbone to all my fiction, spite.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break October 22, 2011 - 2:57pm

I write plus-sized romance.  They're not tomes. 

The characters just happen to be of the big and tall variety.

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 22, 2011 - 4:25pm

interesting variety.

I've hopped around - scribbled some Lovecraftian stuff, some modern metafictional drivel. Currently working on an alternate history (the names, geographies and histories have been changed to protect me from having to research all that stuff in proper detail) - focusing on colonization of N America, and the role of stories to cultural identity.

call it fantasy without dragons, unicorns, or deus ex machina.

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff October 22, 2011 - 5:45pm

Yes, I've been writing stuff all my life. I've got books of stuff all around, all of them handwritten. Only recently I got touched by civilization, lured by the internet. Now doing the typing.

What kind of stuff? Mostly rants in the beginning, sometimes poetry, then songs. It calms me down, it's - like - that or drug addiction. That or, say, a career in the serial killing branch. Seriously.


Hope that smiley made you laugh. If not.. you called the police I guess.

Also, I'm the first who started the use of two suspension points instead of three. I'm that lazy; now sue me.

You see, this. I like to mindfuck consentient adults.

Now I want to do fiction. Mindfucking fiction. I've got several short stories in every corner, most of dem drafts, some more refined, a blog á clef, three or four novel embryos, and now I'm outlining a new project. I still do that with the pen.

I like this place.


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jbphilips720 from Fort Worth, TX is reading Damned October 27, 2011 - 8:59pm

I don't quite know yet but I'll let you know when I figure it out...

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Alessio Patanè from sicily is reading Winesburg, Ohio by S. Anderson October 27, 2011 - 11:37pm


I am not a lurker, I'm just Italian and the novel I'm writing is in Italian. I am trying to translate few scenes to make my first submission but it's very difficult when you have to check each word and then check up grammar and syntax too.

I hope the novel I'm writing is funny and entertaining and one day it could make someone smile. It is as if Pinocchio had read "On the road"

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Waterhouse from Columbus is reading Bullet Park, John Cheever October 28, 2011 - 6:46am

I tend to write literary fiction. I don't look at transgressive as a genre so much as a concept (I find pieces written with the underpinnings or influence of transgressive fiction usually better than balls out genre transgressive fiction, probably becaues the latter tries too hard and is too self conscious), so it is often there as a layer within my pieces. I have also written the draft of a science fiction novella that is strongly transgressive in its conception, as something of an experiment. I will see how it goes when I get to editing it.

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David Welsh from New Hampshire is reading The Shining October 28, 2011 - 8:42am

I prefer to write middle-grade sci-fi, fantasy, and adventure, and sometimes I'll bump it up to YA.

If I'm feeling really angsty, I write horror stories about nice guys who have monsters lurking inside of them. I love werewolf stories.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. October 28, 2011 - 8:38am

I write middle-class fiction for the extremely rich and then sell it to the poor.