Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Author’s Mind – A Great Place To Visit, But You Don’t Want To Live There & Giveaway!

What makes an author tick?  Fletcher Best, author of the humor/satire, The Eight Fingered Fiend of Lake Porker, is here to tell you maybe it is and maybe it isn't a good thing to be inside the mind of Stephen King, lol.



The Author’s Mind – A Great Place To Visit, But You Don’t Want To Live There!

Aspiring writers who dream of being like their favorite author sometimes try to get inside the mind of that author to figure out what makes his or her writing so compelling.   For many, the hope is that by learning to think like the author they love, perhaps one day they can replicate his or her success.  They read and re-read the author’s books, study his or her blog and social media posts, analyze interviews he or she  
has given, and work hard to get to know that person and how that writer’s mind works – only to be horrified when they reach the inescapable conclusion that their favorite author is a complete whacko!

There’s a big difference between enjoying the temporary entertainment of reading a good book and the eternal hell of living full-time in the mind that created it.  It can be fun to be scared, to laugh hysterically, even to be moved to tears, but do you actually want to have your mind permanently warped?  Do you really want your headspace inhabited by the demons that reside in the noggin of someone like Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, or the people who write those Chicken Soup for the Soul books?  I don’t think so!  Are you willing to risk being consumed by the sexual depravity of people who could come up with books like Fifty Shades of Grey, The 120 Days of Sodom, or The Eight Fingered Fiend of Lake Porker? These are works by some very sick minds and there are some things that there’s just no coming back from! 

My advice to aspiring authors is to take a step back from learning everything they can about what makes their favorite authors “tick” - because that “tick” is probably the sound of a psychological time-bomb getting ready to go off.  While an incredible read often does come from a writer who is a lady or gent in the street but a freak in the head, it’s best to keep your relationship with that writer strictly pleasurable and avoid getting too emotionally intimate with his or her mental process.   Instead, try to get in touch with your own thoughts and emotions and allow them to flow into your writing. 

In short, learn from your favorite authors’ techniques, but stay out of their heads.  As an aspiring writer, take pride and be confident that you stand apart as a unique author in your own right and that you have plenty of your own brand of sick, deviant insanity to entertain those who will become your loyal fans. 

About the Author


Fletcher Best is an American author of humorous fiction and science fiction.  He is the author of the Stranded In Time series of science fiction novels, including Pirates of the Storm, The Corpornation, and the upcoming third installment, Timeless.  His humorous works include Sniffing Out Stink Ape, The Great Chupacabra Kerfuffle, and The Eight Fingered Fiend of Lake Porker
In addition to his novels, Fletcher Best also writes short stories that are published exclusively for the enjoyment of visitors to his website, FletcherBest.com.  These include the popular, Manatee Vengeance - Blood at the Boat Launch, Alien Invasion of the Zombie Apocalypse, Operation Black Friday, and A Fabulous Business Opportunity.

Born in Miami, Florida, Fletcher has lived in Texas since 1988.  He (or more correctly, his real-life alter-ego George Best) attended Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas before beginning a chiropractic practice in San Antonio in 1992.  He has resided in San Antonio ever since and now lives in sin with his girlfriend and their 4 cats (the sin being strictly with the girlfriend, not the cats). 
Readers are invited to connect with Fletcher through his website at http://www.FletcherBest.com.

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