Kindle Worlds: maybe the best new idea in fiction this century – an idea that Amazon just scrapped!
Emily Kimelman and I began publishing novels on Amazon at about the same time. I chanced upon her firstoffering, Unleashed, liked it a lot, and said so in one of her first wave of five-star reviews. I went on to readeach of her subsequent Sydney Rye novels as they were published, delighting in her creation of a classic –some might even say extreme – female noir antihero.
Women make better heroes
I was born into an era in which the fictional hero was almost invariably male and the female lead was the client, the love interest, the damsel in distress. When I started writing thrillers, my first novel had a male first person narrator/protagonist. He rose to the occasion at the climax because he had fallen in love with the female lead, Morgana Trehane, and the villain was on the verge of killing her.
"So you just write pulp stuff,
He who posed that question to me clearly meant it as at least a mild insult. The inclusion of the word ‘just’ proved that. And I was a trifle annoyed by its implication that I was indulging in some sort of literary slumming.
I have since concluded, however, that 1) the statement was true and 2) I’m perfectly okay with that.