Before I published Birth of a Vixen it ran the beta tester gambit. After getting a lot of feedback. Most was helpful. But nothing beat the final round when I gave out only the first three chapters.
The pages were passed out to three people. One liked them and wanted more pages. The second loved it. The third could not finish chapter one. Why? Because she knew me. She knew how devoteed a mother I am. She couldn't fathom what I wrote. It was too much violence. I was beyond thrilled.
Yes, I was overjoyed because this meant my prose were on point. That scene was meant to horrify, to stupify, to show how fucked up a life Angela had when Thais controlled her body.
But Colleen the first chapter is meant to hook readers not scare them away.
The first 200 words are the hook. I used that whole chapter to show the reader: 1) Who are these characters? 2) Why is Angela quick to work with the rebels? And 3) I am not afraid of going too far. That the truth of this fictional reality is real.
Over the next few weeks I will delve further into violence in storytelling. I will cover books, television, movies, music, and maybe the news. Asking questions like: Why is it done? Can it be over done? Or does Syfy have it right when they smother it with comedy?
If you have any questions or comments please leave message. This could be a great discussion.