I like to share. In fact I probably share more than Ileandra. Not sure why that is. I just do. I like telling you things. Sometimes that works for me, sometimes it doesn’t.
But I don’t tell you everything.
Nor should I.
Why? Because mystery is part of the fun. The intrigue. And that’s part of what draws you in. If I laid everything out bare, would I be nearly as interesting?
Don’t think so.
I write erotica, as you know, and some of the ideas that populate my stories come from life. My life, the lives of my friends, the lives of my family. Some of the ideas are bald faced lies, dredged up from the depths of my brain.
I never have (and never will) tell you which is which.
Because it would kill the mystery.
It’s wonderful to have a behind-the-scenes look at people and things you like. Why do you think DVD extras do so well in special editions? But there’s a delicate balance between sharing some interesting titbits and giving away too much.
One of the stories my mailing list subscribers will be getting soon is a series of stories called ‘Raven’s Diary’. Just a little bit of fun where the submissive – Raven – writes about all the different things that she and her Dom get up to. I’ve enjoyed Slippers & Chains so much that I wanted to stick with BDSM for a while. These stories, despite having my name, are a bit of fun that bring questions to the mind of the reader. Questions about me.
I acknowledge that I’m likely to face these questions whether I write stories in my name or not (since that’s what happens to writers, authors of erotica in particular), so this is almost a case of my thumbing my nose at people and daring them to ask. Besides, isn’t the speculation part of the fun?
As much as I’m a fan of questions, take care not to do this with your novels. Yes, you want the audience to keep reading and it’s the questions you raise throughout the narrative that cause them to do this. But don’t leave unanswered questions at the end. Readers have invested a lot of time in your book (lord knows they probably have a shit-load of other things to do), don’t cheat them by leaving them hanging.
Of course, this device can (and does) work in serials and series, but only because you know that the answer is always coming. Doing the same in a stand alone novel is just mean. And annoying.
Yes, you can leave certain things (if you wish) to the interpretation of the reader, but if they’re asking how CharacterB escaped the clutches of VillanC while simultaneously saving CharacterA, then make sure you tell them.