Thursday, September 9, 2010

Blog Chain Post: How Do You Choose?

How Can You  Choose? Pictures, Images and Photos

...Eriiiiiiic.... *drool*

Sorry, what was I blogging about? Oh, yeah! Blog chain time!

Sorry I missed the last one. I allowed myself to get weighed down by unnecessary stress. Boo stress! Luckily my vacation is less than a week away, I just dyed my hair magenta - the most stress reducing of all the unnatural hair colors (I totally made that up), and I've formulated a plan of action for my current situation. ONWARD AND UPWARD!


Today's blog chain was started by my Flux sister, Margie. Margie wants to know:

How did you come to write your YA genre
(e.g. contemp, fantasy, etc.)? AND (yep, it’s a 2 parter), if you weren’t
writing that, what genre would you be interested in exploring?

Oh, how I love to read. Now, it's purely for entertainment. But when I was a teen, I read to escape. I know I've posted before about the step-dad from hell, getting kicked out of the house at 17, having my stuff burned out on the lawn, and moving in with a stripper. Granted, this isn't your typical growing up scenario, however, kids still have it tough. I wanted to write a book that would have made 17-year-old-me smile and forget about all of the sh*t she was dealing with, if just for a moment. And if I can do that for a teen - then I've accomplished what I set out to do.

If I had to pick another genre I think I'd try my hand at adult paranormal romance. I know, I know. Ninja-writing Cole is a sucker for a sappy love story. I'm not ashamed to admit it, just keep it on the down low, would ya?

Check out the science fiction ya writing Abby on why she chose her genre. And tomorrow, check out Shannon's post to see what she's writing and why.

Seacrest out.


  1. Best answer I've heard. Writing what you would've loved to read as a teen is exactly why so many people are digging YA right now. Oh to be 17 again...wouldn't wish it on anybody. LOL

  2. Great answer, Cole. Reading was an escape for me as a teen, too. If I can do that for another kid, awesome. And there's nothing wrong with sappy love stories. You write them well. :-)

  3. I think you'd do great with paranormal romance too Cole. :D

  4. Love your answer and yeah...dying one's hair really does solve every problem! Or at least it makes you look good while tackling them.

  5. You rock, Cole, for thinking of the kids who need what you needed. I have a feeling you're going to get a lot of letters from readers.

  6. 1. I saw the pic of Eric and Bill and immediately thought "Eric!! I choose Eric!!" ha! *drool*

    2. I want pics of the magenta hair!

    3. Awesome answer :D Reading is still an escape for me, though it's turned into a bit of an educational experience each time as well. I'm constantly learning from the awesome stories I read

    4. I am totally going to exploit your sappy romance tendencies :D I'll be sending you pages for your shredding pleasure soon :D

  7. Nothing wrong with escaping from reality for a while. And don't Ninjas need love too?

  8. Our experiences no doubt influence our creativity! Congrats on using it in a postitive way!!!

    BTW--I wish I could get creative with hair color too. Alas, those days are over. (Professionalism in the workplace, dontcha know?)

  9. Somehow I can't imagine Ninja-Cole reading romance. You're just too cool for that LOL.

    Oh, and I hope that first bit was not my name you were drooling. Not that I mind the attention, but I'm sure my wife would LOL.

    Nice post, Cole. As always.

  10. LOL - Eric! Your wife doesn't have to worry unless you're secretly a 17th century viking vampire. Wait, you're not are you? LOL

  11. Um...No. Though that would be cool maybe :)

  12. Awesome answer. Reading was and still is a huge escape for me. And wanting to write a book that gives someone else that escape is a truly awesome goal!

  13. I'm not very familiar with ninjas, but they must fall head over heels stupid for others too.

    Sigh...Ninja love. :-)

  14. Wonderful post! I think I need to try that stress-reducing magenta hair color. Thanks for the tip! ;)

  15. If you had an adult romance writing career, what would your pen name be? You could have so much fun with that :)