Annie Seaton lives on the edge of the south Pacific Ocean on the east coast of Australia. Recently retired from the world of full time work, she is fulfilling her lifelong dream of writing, and had instant success! Her first two books were both published on the same day and Holiday Affair has been on the Amazon bestsellers list for six months!! She writes across genres steampunk, historical, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense but her favorite genre is contemporary romance. She lives with her own hero of many years. Their two children are now grown up and married, and two beautiful grandchildren have arrived. They share their home with “Bob” the dog and two white cats.
Annie’s working life was spent in education from early childhood through to teaching trainee teachers at university. She has worked as librarian, teacher, technology consultant and university tutor. She has now retired and spends her days writing down all the stories in her head. When she is not writing she can be found in her garden or walking on the beach… or most likely on her deck overlooking the ocean, a chilled glass of sauvignon blanc in hand as the sun sets.
by Annie Seaton
Hi… Thanks for having me come by and visit. I would like to talk about author voice today…
Recent comments from my editor led to some deep self reflection recently.
Comments like ‘old fashioned word-replace’ made me think about the difference between author voice and the way we write our characters’ dialogue.
On a fresh read through of my current work in progress, it quickly became obvious that one of my characters was speaking with my voice, rather than using the words gained through her own life experiences and I had a bad case of author intrusion!
Where does our author voice come from? How often do we hear that publishers, agents and editors are seeking that new voice? What is voice? How is it defined? Indeed here is even a competition called New Voices competition!
Hmm… many questions…
For me, voice in reading, writing and editing is the perspective from which an author writes. It is an outlook on life and the world combined with a stylistic delivery that makes that voice unique.
One definition I read, defined author voice as the author’s attitude, personality, and character.
I find myself disagreeing with this. If that was the case wouldn’t all of our characters be too similar?
Where do our characters personalities and attributes come from? We know that characters use words that the writer is familiar with. A character cannot use a word without it coming first through the writer! So how does a writer give a character the words to suit their personality without using their own voice? The writer must actively choose the words that best fit their character, their sex and age, the genre, the type of action, the scene, the tone of the story, and the impact the writer is aiming for.
I really enjoyed creating the character of Indigo in Winter of the Passion Flower.
Her sassiness, and her unshakable confidence in her beliefs and her ability to achieve them inspired me! I have no idea where her voice came from. I can thank the muse for that one.
What do you think? What do you think makes for a good voice? Why do you enjoy some writers more than others? Leave me a comment to win a copy of Winter of the Passion Flower.
Sexy heroine seeks captain for time-traveling submarine. Indigo de Vargas is determined to exhibit her products at the Great Exhibition in Crystal Palace. The evil Duke Lorca and his shape-shifting servants, however, have thwarted her preparation at every turn. Indigo’s only hope is the brooding captain who appears on her doorstep in the midst of a fierce snowstorm offering to navigate her submarine to the Amazon so she can collect passion flowers for her potions and hallucinogenics.
Steam powers more than the submarine on this voyage. Sparks flying between Indigo and her captain may ignite a passion neither can avoid. Ably assisted by quirky servants, brass goggles and inappropriate accoutrements, they must fight those out to foil her mission. WARNING: Steam and immodest clothing.
Annie is kindly giving away an e-copy of Winter of the Passion Flower. For entry into the giveaway please answer the following question then fill out the form below: What do you think makes for a good voice? Why do you enjoy some writers more than others?
This giveaway is open to all and ends 26th September 2012
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