She conquered a reluctant reader

It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
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SEPTEMBER QUESTION: If you could choose one author, living or dead, to be your beta partner, who would it be and why?

MY ANSWER: Of all the writers I love, I think I would choose Anne Bishop as a beta partner. The reason for that: I have a lot to learn from her, even though I’m not sure she has anything to learn from me.

I entered Bishop’s fandom late, only a couple years ago. By then, she has written a couple different series of traditional fantasy and one series of urban fantasy. I tried one of her traditional fantasy books years ago, didn’t like it, and didn’t read anything of hers for a long time. I read favorable reviews of her latest urban fantasy series, set in the world of The Others, but they didn’t tempt me. The reviews and descriptions mentioned that the heroine was addicted to self-cutting, and I never wanted to read about that kind of addiction.

When her book Lake Silence came out in 2018, I finally caved in and decided to try it. No self-cutting in that book, right? And I fell in love. That one novel overcame my resistance to read this author. Afterwards, I went back to the beginning of this series and devoured all 7 books of The Others cycle. Her other series still don’t work for me, but this one was amazing. It overturned my preconceived ideas of this writer and made me a fan – a feat only a Master could accomplish. I want to learn from her to write such compelling worlds and populate it with fascinating, 3D characters. I want to learn from her how to win over a reluctant reader.

Truth to tell, I loved The Others series and its characters so much, I re-read it a couple of times since. I even wrote a fan fiction novelette set in the world of The Others. If you’re a Bishop’s fan, like I’m, you might like my story too. I hope it does credit to Anne Bishop and her fertile imagination.
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My story Acting for Shapeshifters takes place in Sparkletown a year after the Great Predation. All the characters are original, but the world belongs to Anne Bishop.

Summary
Tansy Margolis is a comic TV actress, not a hero. But when she discovers a wounded Panthergard girl on her patio, she has to act before her beloved Sparkletown is destroyed by the Others.

The story is available on two sites: Wattpad or Archive of Our Own.
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What about you? Have you ever encountered a writer you disliked at first, and then read something else of hers, and your dislike melted into admiration?

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17 Responses to She conquered a reluctant reader

  1. That’s great you found some of her books that you really enjoy. I like Preston and Child a lot, but not all of their books or series. It’s the Agent Pendergast series that I really dig.

  2. How fascinating. Anne Bishop is an author new to me – and I will have to explore further. Thank you.

  3. You just had to find the right books by her. I couldn’t have read the cutting books either. Went through that with one of our foster daughters.

  4. patgarcia says:

    Hi,
    I had never heard of Anne Bishop until I read your article. I had the same kind of reaction when I first read about Catherine Anderson. I thought definitely not for me and my how wrong I was.
    Wishing you a lovely month.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  5. emaginette says:

    I’ve done that. Where I picked up a book in a series and had to read the whole lot of them. It’s why some people swear the best marketing is the next book. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  6. Loni Townsend says:

    The diversity in writing is one of the things that drew me to my author of choice. It’s nice when they have the talent to appease multiple audiences.

  7. cleemckenzie says:

    It’s always exciting to find a kindred spirit in print. Good for you.

  8. Steph W says:

    There are a few authors that I want to like, and I will persevere through their works because there is something about their voice or prose that I want to learn from. It is strange, sometimes the story doesn’t matter to me as much as the writer.

  9. jlennidorner says:

    I haven’t read her books. But because of your post, I did a search on Goodreads. Book 1 of The Others was already on my TBR/ want to read list. So I clicked over to Amazon… and the Kindle book was on sale for 99 cents…
    So, yes, now I have a copy. And the pile of books I have and I want to read has grown one higher. Thanks to you.

  10. Denise Covey says:

    Haven’t heard of Anne Bishop Olga, but I guess I don’t read much fantasy. You must be pleased you persisted with her work.

  11. Natalie Aguirre says:

    That’s great that you found an author you love.

  12. Jemi Fraser says:

    Intriguing! I can’t think of an author ATM but I bet one will come to mind about 3 am as this question is a fun one!

  13. ChrysFey says:

    I haven’t read anything by Anne Bishop, but you’ve piqued my interest. 🙂

  14. soniadogra says:

    A new author for me. Id like to check your story on Wattpad.

  15. mlouisebarbourfundyblue says:

    Hi, Olga! Anne Bishop is a new writer to me, too, so thanks for introducing her to me. Happy writing in September!

  16. I don’t know if I’ve ever been won over after reading something I didn’t click with, but I have read loved one book by an author and then been disappointed in a later publication because of an unlikeable main character.

  17. yvettecarol says:

    Lovely! I think you’re right on the money, Olga. You have to deeply admire someone else’s writing to entrust them with your work.

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