Hey, SEers! This is one of those months with five Fridays in it. That means today is a group post.
The theme for today is Favorite Book Written and Why. We’re each going to tell you our personal favorite. We encourage you to share yours in the comments.
Ciao, amici! Staci here. It was hard to pick a favorite, but I chose Tortured Soul. It’s the fourth and final book in the Medici Protectorate Series.
I won’t swear it’s my favorite, but it’s up there. And here’s why.
- The writing is a lot stronger than at the beginning of the series.
- It’s the culmination of a work inspired by my grandfather.
- It’s a springboard to another series that I enjoy.
- I love these characters.
Hey SE Readers. Joan here.
So far, my favorite book to write has been Unknown Reasons. It’s the second book in the Driscoll Lake Series. Here are some of the reasons why I like this one.
- My main character, Brian Nichols. He’s a minor character in the first book and “told” me to write this one.
- A love for music helped inspire me. Brian is a part-time musician who just happens to enjoy listening (and playing) a lot of the same songs I do.
- I feel the writing is stronger and more concise than my first novel.
- I was able to use a personal experience of someone close to me in the character’s background.
Hi, gang. Craig here and this is really hard. It’s like asking me to choose my favorite child. Since I can only have one, I’m going with Voyage of the Lanternfish.
This is the first one I felt might support a genuine series, and I intend to extend this story. I have others that could make an additional story, but as a stand-alone tale. This one will have an overarching story. Here are a few fun things about it:
- I took a chance on the root monsters. They could have come across like Jar-Jar Binks instead of beloved characters like Scrat or the Minions. Fortunately, they’ve been very well received.
- The fantasy world just seems to work. This involves some unique monsters who actually get very little page time, but a lot of reaction from the crew.
- The international flavor of my pirate crew. There is a mixture of European types, mingled with a witch doctor, an Asian martial arts expert. There’s even a toothless elderly man and one child on board.
- There are a few magical artifacts that hint at a world that’s been around much longer than the cast of this story.
If you’d like to check out Lanternfish, click this link.
Hello everyone. Harmony here. Feeling …. er … somewhat unharmonious! LOL. Pick a favourite?!?! No! You can’t make me. Like Craig, this feels like being asked to pick a favourite child. Honestly, I’m never any good at choosing a favourite in anything … it shifts with my mood! Tee he he.
Okay, so with my arm twisted up up my back … I could say The Battle For Brisingamen because it’s my first ever book I published and got me writing at last … but, no. Then there’s Interludes, the naughty one, because that’s my best seller … but, no.
My favourite of all time is the second book I wrote, The Glade.
- It’s a scary one, and I like scaring people (mwa ha ha haaaa)
- It’s also got my favourite book cover of all of my books
- Even though I still had a lot to learn, it got rave reviews right from the off, and that gave me the confidence to carry on
- I love all the twists in there. You just never see them coming
- It’s the one book of mine I want to emulate in future books … I have a scary one up my sleeve for some point in the future, which I hope will frighten folks as much as The Glade 🙂
Hello, SE friends! Choosing a favorite is always tough, but I’m going to go with A Cold Tomorrow, the middle book in my Point Pleasant Series. A few reasons that tipped the scales for this one:
- I loved examining the UFO mythology.
- The “green cloud” and reference to “when the sky had a tail” both come from a summer night when I was six years old and saw a UFO (my one and only experience).
- Researching UFOs, Men-in-Black (MIBs), and the Mothman was fascinating.
- Lach Evening (a MIB I created) remains one of my favorite characters to date.
Hello to the Story Empire readers. Like everyone else, it’s tough choosing between books, especially in a series. My favorite is The White Arrow and my reasons are as follows:
- The book was entirely new. The Bow of Destiny was re-written from its original manuscript from the mid-1990s. An Arrow Against the Wind contained some of the original material, but The White Arrow was all new.
- The book wrote itself. I was able to write it in about three and a half weeks and my editor couldn’t find major flaws in it (still can’t believe that happened the way it did).
- The chance to answer all the remaining questions and tie-up loose ends from the other books. Readers wondered a lot about many details and it was fun to reveal those.
- The timing of the latter stages of the book was crucial and fun to construct. All the scenes took some heavy consideration but fit together like puzzle pieces very neatly.
We hope you enjoyed these selections. Now, it’s your turn. Tell us your favorite of the books you’ve written and why.