Monday, January 14, 2008

Top Ten Signs a Book is Written By Me

Here's a special meme that's looping blogland-- inspired, I suspect, by the Cassie Edwards debacle. Anyway, thought I'd take a stab at it. Add some more in comments if you can think of any!

A book is written by Ann Wesley Hardin if it contains:

1) Wacky secondary characters

2) An airplane (or some sort of flying vehicle)

3) The word "freakin"

4) A title I came up with myself (so far...)

5) Characters with atypical professions

6) Humor!

7) Obscure facts no one but me (most of the time) notices or even thinks are important

8) At least one line stolen from my children

9) A shitload of dialogue

10) A personal dedication (does anyone ever even read those?)


Anonymous Bev Stephans said...

Don't forget the all-time funniest expletive: Genius Chrysler!

January 14, 2008 10:06 AM  
Blogger Renee' said...

I have only just heard about the Cassie Edwards blow up, I still don't have all the facts. I was over at Jacquelyn Franks blog all day marathon chat with tons of different authors and they were blabbing on and on about it.

If it is true, How sad! If not, than the people responsible for this should be ashamed.

And, YES I do read the personal dedications. I get a kick out of the authors who name their man as their muse,,,big liars!


January 14, 2008 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Bev Stephans said...

Renee, if you want more info on the Cassie Edwards brouhaha, go to Dear Author or Smart Bitches. They have done quite a good job of putting out all of the facts. I have commented on both blogs, so will refrain from doing so here.

January 14, 2008 6:28 PM  
Blogger Ann Wesley Hardin said...

Yeah, I read through some of the "evidence" they gathered. Pretty dismaying and damning if you ask me. But the thing that fascinates me the most, weirdo that I am, is that Cassie always runs and gets her husband to speak for her and answer questions. Anyone have any idea how old she is?

January 14, 2008 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Bev Stephans said...

According to the SMTB site, she is 71 years old. Old enough to know better and old enough to speak for herself!

She has written over 100 books and everyday another case of her copying, almost word for word, text from fiction and nonfiction arises. By this time, over 7 books have been cited as having plagiarized text.

It's going to be interesting to see what her publishers do. Her main publisher is Signet and they have issued 2 statements so far. Nothing from Kensington or Dorchester at this time of writing.

January 14, 2008 9:19 PM  
Blogger Mary Stella said...

A book is written by Mary Stella if it contains:

1) Humor

2) Some sort of animals

3) The word penis during a love scene.

4) A subtle pro-environment message somewhere.

5) Someone who traveled to get where the book is set.

6) Smart ass attitude somewhere.

7) A scene in a restaurant.

8) A particular name, sometimes cleverly disguised. Can't reveal it here because it's an inside joke between me and another author friend.

9) Descriptions that don't bog down the pace.

10) An artfully airbrushed author photo from 10 years ago. Guess I ought to update that for the next book. LOL

January 15, 2008 12:54 PM  
Blogger Lyn Cash said...

Happy moving, chica - will be thinking of you. Best to CB and PG.

January 20, 2008 10:12 AM  

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