It’s the first Wednesday of the month again, time for a post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
APRIL QUESTION: Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc. or add controversial topics to your work?
MY ANSWER: Not really. I don’t experiment with style and don’t intentionally introduce controversial topics to my fiction, but more often than not, I write about something I feel strongly about, and it touches people’s heartstrings. Sometimes in a good way. Other times, not so much. I never plan to antagonize anyone, but I guess it is inevitable with any personal opinion, however benign.
The explanation for my frequent ‘coming contrary to the common mold’ way of thinking probably lies in my upbringing. I grew up in Soviet Russia, with socialism and communism and all the rest of that garbage as the main state’s policies. So I often think sideways to most of the western population. It could be quite irritating, but what can I do about it?
Even in this group, I feel like an odd woman out. Welcome but different. Most participants in IWSG of my age and sex write romance or general fiction. Or non-fiction. I write almost exclusively speculative fiction: fantasy and sci-fi.
Now, I’ll segue to my A-to-Z post for today. I not only write speculative fiction. I create pre-made book covers for the genre. Today is the day for the letter F. My entry for this letter consists of two covers. I couldn’t decide which one I liked better, so I included both. One cover highlights a FUTURISTIC urban landscape.
Wouldn’t you want to live in that city?
Another cover is pure fantasy for the word FAIRY.
Not sure this is a book cover. More like my visual musing about fairies. How do you envision fairies?