Creating Two New Novels. Writing One Chapter Weekly. Podcasting As I Go. Welcome to The Experiment.
Arlene sent me an email to alert me to your novel online. You are one brave woman to commit yourself to posting a whole novel that isn’t written yet. I’m one of those people who starts thinking about letting my work go around draft five. So good for you! I listened to the first two chapters and enjoyed them. I can see you’ve got some great teachers for the skills of recording and podcasting.
Arlene wondered if it might be useful to alert you to my experience podcasting a novel with gay and lesbian characters. If you like, you can check them out on Podiobooks. The novel is The Little Dragons by Rowan Starsmith.
Of course, I caught fantasy and dragon fans by surprise. I didn’t think anything of tucking gay and lesbian characters here and there in my novel, just the way it is in my life. When I published The Little Dragons on Smashwords, I added a warning note. Too bad to have to do that. You are being very clear in your summary that your novel includes a same-sex relationship, so surely anyone who would find that troubling would just not listen in the first place.
So congratulations and have fun with your project, as the rest of us will following it.
I wrote Rowan a thank you note for writing such a sweet letter. (And plan to spend the day listening to her story!) I thanked Arlene as well for passing on the word about the Experiment. (She has a podcast of her novel, The Fox, as well) It’s little surprises like this that mean so much to me! It’s why I started The Jane Doe Novel Experiment in the first place…motivation & encouragement! And it looks like there is a lot of it out there. Thank you all!
I think both ladies were sweet to worry if readers/listeners would be hesitant about Enough for Four due to the relationship between Lily & Ava. What do you think?