Who Do you Write For?
When you set out to write, which set of readers do you aim at?
In my case I do not write for the lowest common denominator intelligence wise. I am not one for endlessly spelling out every minute detail as if explaining something to a four year old. Instead I concentrate on the storyline, allowing it to make you think and to ask questions of it. Or, to put it another way, to read my books you need to use the brain you were given.
Over the past few weeks, my highly successful novel “The Seventh Age” has gone well beyond all expectations sales wise, particularly here in the UK where the average reader actually dislikes having everything spelt out for them, unlike our cousins across the Atlantic – bless their hearts. We English prefer instead to allow the story to unfold in its own sweet time and above all to use our brains.
I don’t blame our American cousins in the least for not taking to it, as evidenced by some of the reviews left on Amazon.
To read my stories you need to have a certain level of intelligence. Fortunately over here we have not had years of endless mind-numbing television soaps inflicted upon us daily, turning our minds to mush, where what would take five minutes to explain in a story, or real life, tends to get spread out over several weeks with endless explanation ad nauseam.
And so, if you do not enjoy intelligent science fiction, then my books are clearly not for you.