Friday, February 4, 2011

How dark is too dark in Urban Fantasy?

Read an interesting post on a forum I belong to. Another author asked the question, How dark is too dark in Urban Fantasy?

My initial reaction was that an author should write the story as they hear/think it.  As I thought more about it, I wondered what the risks are in following that advice.

Many readers are coming to Urban Fantasy from a Romance background.  From that perspective, you could get TOO dark really quick.  On the other hand, many readers are arriving in the Urban Fantasy section from the Fantasy or Sci-Fi section.

I could probably go pretty far with that crowd before it I stumbled into TOO dark.  I write Erotic Urban Fantasy. That opens an entirely different perspective of what is TOO and what is DARK and well... potentially over the top.

Which brings me back to my initial thought.  I can't control what other people think of my story; how they perceive it or frankly, whether they like it at all. All I can do is write it and put it out there.  If someone else buys it and enjoys it, then I guess it wasn't TOO dark.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Finalizing edits for The Prelude

I'm finishing up the final edits to my first release, The Prelude! Very exciting.  I'm anxiously awaiting the cover flat to see what the graphics department came up with.