Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday Musings: Comparisons, why or why not

Hello, Sunday.

I realize some of you are gearing up for the start of a new week, but in Canada it's a long weekend. Either way enjoy your day and make it a fun one.

One of the things about marketing ourselves is knowing who are stories fit in with...are you a King-type writer or a Rowling-type or maybe a L'Amour-type. Like the definition of genres, this type-comparison helps keep track of where we might find our

Problem is when we get it wrong or the reader or reviewer thinks we've gotten it wrong. However, because it is important from our end I've asked the musers:

Who would you compare yourself to...why or why not?

I don't know if my writing is comparable to any other writer's. However, I feel an affinity with anyone who came to writing in their later years, such as Laura Ingalls Wilder, who published her first novel at the age of 65. She is, of course, famous for writing 'The Little House on the Prairie' series. I was younger than Laura Ingalls Wilder when my first novel, 'Daffodil and the Thin Place' was published by Muse it Up Publishing in 2014, but writing has become my passion quite late in life. I'd like to think that just like Wilder, I have at least twelve more novels inside me!

MJ LABEFF, New Mainstream author

Since I was a little girl I have always loved books. One of my fondest memories of grade school was our annual book fair. I could hardly fall asleep the night before in anticipation of perusing so many paperbacks. My mom was a voracious reader and always gave me plenty of cash to buy several titles. It was wonderful. What’s fascinating to me is: those books l scooped up at the book fair- mystery, paranormal and celebrity biographies like the Shaun Cassidy Scrapbook- are genres I read today! My admiration for authors runs deep. As a debut suspense/thriller author my writing continues to grow and someday I hope to write characters as memorable as those of Nora Roberts, heart pounding page turners with masterful plotting like Lisa Gardner, sweet and sensual encounters between my hero and heroine similar to Allison Brennan, and spine tingling tales where suspense lurks at every corner and a reader must devour the book in one sitting- I bow down to the Queen of Suspense the great Mary Higgins Clark. But, alas, I am me, MJ LaBeff the one and only just like there will never be another Roberts, Gardner, Brennan or Clark. I can’t ever imagine being able to compare myself to any of these elite, well-written, gripping authors, but I’m working on it, I mean writing on it. I’m certain I’d meet my maker if a reviewer wrote: “LaBeff is being compared to…”

Honestly, I try not to compare myself to anyone. I am who I am. Now, I’m not saying I haven’t compared myself to the current NYBT selling authors. I have. What writer doesn’t compare themselves to those who’ve already made it to the top of the heap?

The why is easy, because you want to get up there yourself. You ask yourself how they got there, what they did to accomplish what you are still working on. We look for the how-to books to read and whatever else those authors are doing or have done to get to where they are. To follow their example.

However, I prefer the why not…why I don’t compare to others. Because I am who I am. I’m an individual and I like who I have become. No, it wasn’t easy, but it is mine. So I’ll compare myself to myself. It’s a challenge. Out do myself daily. I’m a better person then I was the day before.

Dear reader, thank you again for joining us and we’d love to hear from you. Keep smiling and have a fun week. Never stop believing. See you next Sunday…nothing better than being cozy in bed with some Musings.

If you have a question or comment you’d like us to muse upon, do not hesitate to contact me Christine Steeves-Speakman  at

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