Everybody likes what they like

You learn something new every day. One thing I’ve always known is that my books are not for everybody. I think that’s true of almost all writers.
But lately, I’ve learned more – I’ve learned that I can predict who will like each book. I have a number of reviews now, and I noticed that men give my novel “A Thing of Dark Imaginings” (a.k.a. Dark Imaginings) higher marks than women do. That difference is reversed for “Milky Way Tango,” which women seem to like more than men.
Without discussing the plot, I think I can tell you what I think of my characters. Just my opinion, you see, and that may account for the different ratings. In Dark Imaginings, the male protagonist is psychotic; the men reading the book did not mind that, which I find interesting. On the other hand, the protagonist’s wife is a bit of a Boob. She’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer. The women didn’t like that, so they dropped their grades a bit.
In the opposite direction, there are two protagonists in Milky Way Tango; they are lovers, a man and a woman. I think the man is the simpler character; the guy is a total boy scout, a brilliant, do-the-right-thing kind of guy. Well, the men did not like that much. However, the other protagonist, his girlfriend, is more complex; she is a woman who has a variety of experiences, good and bad, and no one would describe her as a girl scout. And the women like that.
So, here’s what I think – it’s an interesting, complicated, shades-of-gray world, populated by those with an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. And readers like it that way. Those kind of people are fun.
That fits some of the people I like to hang out with.
Happy Holidays to all.

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