Rene Lyons Talks To Us

Hi everyone…no it’s not Milady Insanity, so forgive me if this post isn’t witty and wonderful. ;)Who am I you ask? Well, I’m Rene Lyons. Milady kindly allowed me to highjack her blog on this day, which also happens to be the day of my very first book release.

What book? Well, how kind of you to ask! That book is Midnight Sun and it’s about a Templar Knight damned by God as a vampire. If you go to either My Website or Samhain Publishing you can find out more about the books and if you find it interesting, you can even buy it at either site! 😉

Okay, now, to tackle the reason I’ve invaded Milady’s space (other than to pimp my new book *wink*). Seems there is a huge discussion going on around the Net that I’ve been blissfully uninvolved in. But alas, since I am now an ‘officially’ published author, I’d like to add my two cents.

The topic is Authors Behaving Badly.

It might seem like a cop-out that I’m taking the reader’s side in this, but the truth is, I don’t like some of the things I’m reading authors are writing in response to this mess. The main thing authors are speaking out against is the dreaded snark. Truth is, snarking has always been and it’s not going anywhere. There is nothing we can do but laugh at it (and ourselves!). Some snarkers however, really need to read up on what it means. Nasty does not = snark.

Same with reviews. Bad reviews will forever plague an author. Since anyone can have a blog, it stands to reason people will use that forum as a soapbox to vent their rather strong opinions. If authors can’t handle that heat, stop publishing your books, since once you put your work out there it will not please all of the people all of the time.

Lord knows I wish everyone loves Midnight Sun, falls in love with my Templar vampires, and floods me with emails begging me to write more books and get to writing them faster. But the truth is, while I hope some people like my work, others are going to hate it. And they will post scathing reviews about it, even going so far as to personally attack me for daring to write a book they believes is awful. They will snark my cover. They will write such awful things that I’ll probably be reduce to tears. Will I lash out on my blog about it? Call readers stupid? Whine endlessly about the injustice of it all? Absolutely not. I’ll simply ignore it publicly and annoy my friends privately about it. After they tell me to shut the hell up and grow a backbone, they will remind me I don’t write to please everyone. I write to please that one person who reads my book and walks away moved…as I did after I read Saving Grace by Julie Garwood.

So I guess it all comes down to this…authors need to grow some thicker skin when it comes to snark and bad reviews. They need to remember that they are in the public eye and represent not only themselves, but their publishing house(s), and to push it even further…the romance writing community as a whole. I will always try to remember that and conduct myself respectfully at all times. That’s how I live my private life and I can’t see that changing now that I put a foot out in the public world.

Same with reviews. Bad reviews will forever plague an author. Since anyone can have a blog, it stands to reason people will use that forum as a soapbox to vent their rather strong opinions. If authors can’t handle that heat, stop publishing your books, since once you put your work out there it will not please all of the people all of the time.

Oh…and readers…please remember that we authors aren’t robots. We’re people too and are subject to all the beautiful flaws that go with being human. 🙂

Love to you all and again…thank you May. I had fun being your guest.

Rene Lyons

Rene’s blog

Midnight SunIf you pick this up now or in the next week, there’s a 10% discount.
July 18th 2006 Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
— The Daystar —
October 31st 2006 Samhain Publishing Ltd.

Rene, thanks for your time! She’s taking questions in the comments today, so have fun in the comments today and I’ll check back as much as I can.

16 Responses to “Rene Lyons Talks To Us”

  1. July 18, 2006 at 12:52 am

    Hi Rene! *passes over the bottle of rum and the box of Valrhona chocolate*

    Any suggestions on books for those of us who are interested in the Templars?

  2. 2 Jorrie
    July 18, 2006 at 11:34 am

    Hey Rene, congrats on your new release!

    And, yeah, not every book is for everyone.

  3. July 18, 2006 at 11:35 am

    Ah, good question. Not The da Vinci Code for one! lol I couldn;t get past the fifth page. It was awful. Some of the worst writing I’d ever seen. But I think I’m the minoirty with that opinion. lol

    Actually, I haven’t read many books on the Templars. I mean, I have when I was younger, but I can’t remember those books now.

    You see, when I research for a book I need visual. And lots of it. The more I see the closer I feel to the subject I’m researching. So for the Templar series I devoured The History Channel documenturies. I also must admit I watched Kingdom of Heaven at least a hundred times. 😉

    To get a feel of the world the Templars came from read books on life in a medieval castle/town/village. I watched movies like A Lion in Winter (the one with Glen Close), Braveheart, and Tristan and Isolde. I wanted that medieval feel. I hope I nailed it!

  4. July 18, 2006 at 11:46 am

    Psssssssst….Milady…..I think you need to read the post. Seems there is a bit od redunancy going on. lmao!!!

  5. July 18, 2006 at 12:04 pm

    Jorrie, thanks for dropping by!

    Rene, I read Da Vinci Code, and my take was great plotting, pedestrian writing and 1-D characters (I kept waiting for him to kill off Sophie, just like in the James Bond novels, but it didn’t happen). Also, did you read Lynn Viehl’s Darkyn books? Templar and Vampires too.

    And the error is fixed. 😮

  6. July 18, 2006 at 12:06 pm

    I did some Templar research about a year ago for an idea I had (fizzled), but it was tough to wade through it all! Everything seems to turn into the mystical Masons. Maaaasoooons! They’re going to get youuuuuuu!!! I keep thinking of Fred Flintstone and the Grand High Poobah.

    Anyway, to get back on track, I’m really looking forward to this story because the tale of the Knights Templar, without the politics, is still such a heroic one.

  7. July 18, 2006 at 12:41 pm

    AHAHAHAHA! Sounds like an horror movie, Sela.

  8. July 18, 2006 at 12:51 pm

    Milady: No, I never read any Darkyn books. I never even heard of LV until less than six months ago!

    Sela: Yes, there is a real muddle of Templar history out there. Thankfully I didn’t need to get into the Masons for mt series. Although, I might need to touch on it briefly as the series goes on, I want to keep it centered on the Templar Order and how it pertains to my characters.

  9. July 18, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    Rene: You should! Okay, so I could compete for LV’s Biggest Fan award, but she’s really that good.

  10. July 18, 2006 at 8:22 pm

    loved the post and I feel the same way. people in general need to grow a thick skin. I mean come on enow, not everyone out there is going to love everyone and everything else in the world. just so long as people keep the comments to the product they are reviewing is all good with me.

  11. July 18, 2006 at 10:43 pm

    There seems to be a new beef going around. Seems an aspring author ragged another author on Amazon, and well as the publisher and editor…and it turns out thy’re the same she submitted to! ROTFLMAO

  12. July 18, 2006 at 11:00 pm

    Hey Rene,

    Can I just say that IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME your book came on and I’ve come on over from SF to stalk you on other people’s blog now. hehe. I think the idea around the Templars is top notch and can’t wait to review your very first baby, Seb’s book.

    About the whole Authors Behaving Badly, you can say what you want about books, yeah it’s your blog, but have a heart, the authors worked hard on these books, if you don’t like it, then by all means tell us why…but then again, the authors if you’re going to be coming back with all that madness that we’ve seen, then all the negative crap that comes to your door is all on you…

    And Rene sweets, you know that I’m totally here to reply to your bitch fests, hehe…I don’t need to see That’s What Friends Are For, right? LOL.

    Love you sweets,

  13. July 18, 2006 at 11:02 pm

    Oh and my question of the day:

    Would you rather do the ditty with an ugly monkey faced guy with a long schlong or a gorgeous Greek God with tiny equipment?

    Hehe…is that question okay to ask on this blog, I hope so…I want to read her answer, hehe. If not, sorry didn’t mean to offend.

  14. July 19, 2006 at 12:13 am

    Gimme the Greek God witht he itty bitty teeny weeny ding-a-ling. lmao

    And I love you to pieces Dylan. I trust my ‘baby’with you. Even if you hate Seb you’ll let me know why and in a nice way. A friend and an author couldn’t ask for more.

    Glad I had you to ‘hold my hand’ today. You guys made th eday special.

  15. July 19, 2006 at 12:47 pm

    Dylan, your question’s totally cool.

    *snicker* At least he’s good to look at, huh Rene? Thanks for your time!

  16. July 20, 2006 at 3:07 am

    Hahahahahaha…sometimes it’s all about the motion of the ocean, huh? LOL…too funny.

    I’m here for you babe, you know that! And Seb, is always welcome in these arms of mine, dont’ tell Grace, kay? LOL…

    Love you,

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