Stephen King: Can a Novelst Be Too Productive

THERE are many unspoken postulates in literary criticism, one being that the more one writes, the less remarkable one’s work is apt to be. Joyce Carol Oates, the author of more than 50 novels (not counting the 11 written under the pseudonyms Rosamond Smith and Lauren Kelly), understands perfectly how little use critics have for prolific writers. In one of her journals she wrote that she seemed to create “more, certainly, than the literary world allows for a ‘serious’ writer.”

As with most postulates dealing with subjective perceptions, the idea that prolific writing equals bad writing must be treated with caution. Mostly, it seems to be true. Certainly no one is going to induct the mystery novelist John Creasey, author of 564 novels under 21 different pseudonyms, into the Literary Hall of Heroes; both he and his creations (the Toff, Inspector Roger West, Sexton Blake, etc.) have largely been forgotten.

The same is true of the British novelist Ursula Bloom (over 500 published works, under many pseudonyms), Barbara Cartland (over 700) and a host of others. One is reminded of Truman Capote’s famous bon mot about Jack Kerouac: “That’s not writing, that’s typing.”

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Fridays 5 with T.L. Clark

 So, who am I? I have a full time ‘day job’ in an office, and I’m a wife. I’m also a holistic therapist and Reiki Master. So, being a romance novelist somehow slots in around all this.

I started writing because of Fifty Shades (don’t roll your eyes at me!). Honestly, it was because I was so disappointed when I read it. I really thought it was badly written. My arrogant inner voice spoke up, “Surely even I can write better than this!”, so I tried. There is actually a BDSM romance in my collection, and it’s been noted by others “it makes EL James look like Enid Blyton” (I’ll leave you to decide). I just like looking and writing about different types of love.

In my spare time (*laughs*), I like walks in the forest and sadly all the food that’s bad for me.

My ultimate dream is to have a farmhouse retreat so I can help people who are frazzled out by the rat race, as well as helping horses and other animals. I would like to live as self-sufficiently as possible, and have more time to write. Wow, I sound dull and ‘good goody’! I’m a nice person, but have a wicked temper and an even more devilish sense of humour.

Have I wittered on about me enough? I think so.

1.) When did you first get serious about writing?

A.) I suppose I'll put that as two year's ago, as that's when I first self-published my first book; it's my birthday this week!

2.) What is the hardest part for you about writing?

A.) Publicising my work! The books flowed out of me, and it was a joy. The editing/re-editing/cover design choices etc. were all a bit of a challenge, but it's definitely the 'trying to get my books noticed' which is the hardest.

3.) How did you feel upon publication of your first completed project?

A.) Euphoric! I felt a massive sense of achievement. I was naïve though and didn't realise that was just the start of the hard work.

4.) What is more important to you, story, or character? Why?

A.) Can I go with secret option c - the emotion! My characters and story are both nothing without the raw emotions I fill my books with. I have been known to cry whilst writing; and I know what's going to happen! And I know my readers have cried too; sometimes sad, sometimes happy tears. That's love for you!

5.) What is a typical day like in your world?

A.) Early start to get to the day job (I have to pay my bills!). Get home around 17:00, hop onto laptop and catch up with social media, maybe stop to make/eat dinner (dependent on my husband's desire to cook, which he does most of the time).

I then spend the rest of the evening of various social media sites these days.

Sometimes I have holistic therapy clients to help.

Occasionally I get to write some of book 5!

I sound like I'm moaning, but I wouldn't swap it for anything (well, except for my farmhouse retreat dream, which would also allow more writing time).

I have four books out. Each is stand alone and looks at love from a different angle. Please feel free to browse and select whichever speaks to your innermost desire.

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Friday's 5 with Naylene Rondon

Naylene Rondon's love for reading encouraged her to practice writing since she was in elementary school. The ability to put her thoughts, ideas, characters and dialogue on paper is a rewarding challenge. Putting life, action, and building characters in story lines is an art form that she takes pride in, and sharing it with the world is a blessing. Everyday Naylene continues to grow and learn about writing and all possibilities it presents.

1.) When did you first get serious about writing?

A.) I was probably thirteen when I decided I wanted to write a novel. I used to have all these ideas that I wanted to share. However, I never was serious enough to actually write anything more than a few chapters. It wasn't until about three years ago, when I started to write a story out of boredom. At first, it was just a story to pass the time. Then, I found myself getting really invested in it. I started writing day and night for over two months until it was complete. Though I've never published it, it was when I realized I could write a full novel.

2.) What is the hardest part for you about writing?

A.)  The hardest part is actually sitting down to write. Once I'm down a few paragraphs, I get into this zone that could last hours. Though, the effort of putting myself down in a chair and starting was another story. Even if I have the story right in front of me, I could go about fifteen minutes with writers block. Every sentence I try to write, I'll end up erasing. It takes a while to get my mind in the right setup again.

3.) How did you feel upon publication of your first completed project?

A.)  It was shocking. My family was so excited and I still was in a state of disbelief. I never really thought I would ever be published. Even when I was working on the publishing, it always felt like something so far away.

4.) What is more important to you, story, or character? Why?

A.)  The characters are the most important. The story is about them. Characters are the people that the readers would love and hate. They are the temporary people that you get to meet while you read. Most of the stories I've written usually came from the character. I created the person in my mind and then develop the past that made them into whatever I imagined. Then, I write that past. Stories revolve around people.

5.) What is a typical day like in your world?

A.)  It consists of mostly studying, housework, cooking, procrastination, and writing. Also, helping my little brother with his homework.

Naylene wishes to maintain her anonymity hence the reason no picture or social media links have been provided.

The Streets by Robert Dunbar

Now available for pre-order, part three of Robert Dunbar's Pines Trilogy, The Streets.

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THE STREETS is the final part of Robert Dunbar's THE PINES TRILOGY:

In a desolate city, as ravaged and dangerous as a post-Apocalyptic wasteland, horrors prowl the back alleys. Struggling to survive, a group of young people find themselves trapped in a decaying asylum ... where unspeakable evil lurks. 

Do the streets offer escape? Or death? 

"THE STREETS is like ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, shot directly into your veins like a speedball."
- Greg F. Gifune, author of THE BLEEDING SEASON
"Robert Dunbar has the unique personal vision, command of language, and atmospheric style to enrapture you in the wildest, deepest nightmare."
- Tom Piccirilli, author of THE LAST KIND WORDS 

The Pines Trilogy:

The Pines

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A series of gruesome murders shocks the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. Could it be the legendary Jersey Devil? 
The Shore: 
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As a winter storm grips the coastal town of Edgeharbor, a series of horrible murders terrorizes the residents. A young policewoman and a mysterious stranger are all that stand between the tiny town and an ancient evil. 

About the Author:

"The catalyst for the new literary movement in horror." ~ Dark Scribe

"A literary craftsman, a stylist." ~ Shroud Magazine

"One of the best authors working in dark fiction today." ~ Literary Mayhem

"Easily one of the best dark fiction writers around." ~ The Black Abyss

"In a word: brilliant." ~ Hypnos

ROBERT DUNBAR is the author of several novels, a collection of short fiction, and a nonfiction book about the horror genre. His stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications. For more information, visit

"Unconventional and totally unique in his approach to the genre." ~ Nights & Weekends

"Spearheading the movement to infuse the modern horror genre with more literary sensibilities." ~ Serial Distractions

"Writers like Robert Dunbar don't materialize every day. Let us give thanks for his continued attempts to bring professionalism and craft back to an ailing genre." ~ HellNotes