Ew! I got it all over the place!

blood dog

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.

Wait, wait!

murderous peeps

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.

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