Had an interesting conversation with author, entrepreneur and general assistance fairy godmother Beth Barany today. Over the course of our talk, she asked what I write; “Primarily horror,” I said. “Though I’ve done some humor. A western. A romance. Of course, the humor is written by the devil, the western has a demon taking over a small town by possessing the preacher, and the romance is about werewolves. Not fluffy werewolves that make nice dogs and guardians, but the visceral, violent, primordial sorts. I can’t help it; I get monsters and blood and guts all over everything.”
She paused. Then told me that I’d found “it.”
What is “it”? It’s the thing that marks your brand – which is apparently something I’m bad at doing and something I need to learn to do better. It’s the thing that unites a group of “peeps,” as Ms. Barany put it… and finding “it” and capitalizing on it is apparently step 1.
Now I just have to figure out what to do with this information. And find peeps. Which I am not looking forward to, as I detest marshmallows, but at least it’s the right season for them.
Is that them? Are those my peeps? I think I found ’em! Probably not what was intended. Oh well.
If any of you out there are writers and having struggles, I do highly recommend that you head over to Beth’s site – bethbarany.com – and check out her services. In just an hour I had plenty of “aha!” moments like the one above, and she has plenty of other great things she’s working on to help folks like me and thee out.