- I hate not knowing who the main characters are and where they’re headed, early in a story. If I read more than a third of a book and still don’t have the players firmly in mind, I’m more than annoyed. I may even close my eyes and pretend the book’s not there.
- I love adverbs, just not in novels. Oh, once in a while, but when I’m overwhelmed with the “he looked at her longingly/adoringly/angrily” I go a little mad. Write me something steamy instead. “He looked at her and longed to rip off that cashmere.” Now that’s more like it.
Hats Off Corner Welcomes Susan McCarthy
Quote of the Week: “The reader is the writer’s only unrelenting, genuine enemy. He has everything on his side; all he has to do, after all, is shut his eyes, and any work of fiction becomes meaningless.” Shirley Jackson, novelist