Wednesday, January 6, 2021

#IWSG: Other People's Books & anthology Winners!
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IWSG: a place where writers and friends share woes or hugs.
Welcome to mine!

January 6 question - Being a writer, when you're reading someone else's work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people's books?

Characters that I can't empathize with as well as forcing me to believe something just because the author said so.

A good author is like a good waiter: if they do their job right, you will never notice them. 

IWSG Anthology winners!!!
Dark Matter: Artificial

An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Discover dark matter’s secrets…

What is an AI’s true role? Will bumbling siblings find their way home from deep space? Dark matter is judging us—are we worthy of existence? Would you step through a portal into another reality? Can the discoverer of dark matter uncover its secrets?

Ten authors explore dark matter, unraveling its secrets and revealing its mysterious nature. Featuring the talents of Stephanie Espinoza Villamor, C.D. Gallant-King, Tara Tyler, Mark Alpert, Olga Godim, Steph Wolmarans, Charles Kowalski, Kim Mannix, Elizabeth Mueller, and Deniz Bevan.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents, authors, and editors, these ten tales will take readers on a journey across time and space. Prepare for ignition!

Release date: May 4, 2021
Print ISBN 9781939844828 $14.95
EBook ISBN 9781939844835 $4.99
Science Fiction: Collections & Anthologies (FIC028040) / Space Exploration (FIC028130) / Genetic Engineering (FIC028110)

What are your pet peeves when it comes to reading other people's books? Have you been able to suspend your disbelief while reading a poorly-written book?


  1. Congrats on your Dark Matter story!!!
    I love your take on the question - the author should indeed be invisible as the story is the key!

    1. Thank you!

      Yeah, I've oft thought of the comparison of a great waiter to a great author. Makes sense, doesn't it? xD

  2. I love your analogy to a waiter. It's so clever. I have to empathize with the main character in a book too.

  3. I like that saying about the waiter.
    Congratulations for making another IWSG anthology!

    1. Thank you on both counts! I'm excited for the journey!

  4. Congratulations, fellow authors!

  5. Congrats! I am excited to read your story.

  6. Definitely an intrusive author. I like books to be driven by the characters and if you can feel the author pushing an agenda while you're reading, it doesn't work for me.

  7. Yes, the empathy is important. If there is nothing redeeming about the major character or at least hints that there is something under the surface that might be worth saving, it can make you wonder why you are reading.

  8. Congratulations on your anthology win!

  9. I don't really like books that are trying to preach a certain message. I would agree with that. Definitely going to take that quote about the waiter away with me!

  10. Being able to empathize with a character is important. Or even just understanding them and their motives for doing whatever they are doing.


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