I’ve been thinking about this blog. To date it has been effectively a website advertising my writing, which is fine so far as it goes. But unfortunately that isn’t very far.
Everyone says when you start writing “to build a platform (i.e. get readers who will buy your books) start a blog, create a Facebook page, join twitter, blah, blah, blah.” All of which I did. But then so is every other author!
I’ve taken a break from the helter-skelter rush for a platform and in so doing asked what platform I would want. And the answer is that I don’t want a platform. A platform suggests a construction you build on or jump from or maybe reach up from. I want individual readers, each one important in the own right. The lovely review from Parents Little Black Book, which I reported in my last post, brought that home to me. As Karen so rightly says “Girl in the Glass” (and “Mother of Wolves”) is a “depiction of women who are marginalized by a society that considers them of little value”. I have spent 20 years of my life working with such women and learning to understand them. If my books can help others do the same and at the same time have a enjoyable read, then I have done what I set out to do. Of course the more readers I get, the better.
So what does that mean for this blog? It will mean that I will be writing about subjects that relate to the subject matter of the book, influences, research and maybe some issues about writing. Mind you I will still occasionally promote the books themselves.