Sunday, January 12, 2014

Writing an authentic female POV: Vision of Shadows blog tour stop.

Today is my stop during the blog tour for Vision of Shadows by Vincent Morrone. Vision of Shadows is published by Entranced Publishing. This blog tour runs from 30 December till 19 January, you can view the whole tour schedule on Vincent Morrone his website.

I've seen a lot of talk about women being able to pull off an
 authentic male POV, so when I saw my publishing pal Vincent Morrone wrote from a girl's POV in his debut novel, I decided it was time to turn the tables on that question. And here's what he had to say:

One question that I keep getting asked is about how I as a male author came up with an authentic voice for a female main character. Or in other words, how does a dude write a chick?

The funny thing is that while I was writing it, it didn’t seem strange. After all, unless you’re writing the next installment of Lord of the Flies, you’re going to have both male and female characters. You need to be able to make them all sound authentic.

Plus I’ve had plenty of exposure to women throughout my life. (No, I’m not a stud.) I was a momma’s boy, through and through. I have a sister. I’m married with 2 teen daughters. At one point I lived with my daughters, wife and her grandmother as well as 2 female dogs. I had estrogen dripping down the walls.

Back in High School, I often had many close friends that were girls. I was the guy who was the good listener. The safe guy who girls would often talk to. Don’t get me wrong, I had guy friends too. It’s just that I often had many friends that were girls.

Plus, some of my favorite authors are women. I simply adore the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling. (Did anyone ever ask her about creating an authentic male main character?) And I’m a big fan of Nora Roberts and her alter ego JD Robb. (When I thought about using a pen name, I had considered JD Vincent.) Not to mention authors like Janet Evanovich, Tamie Hoag, Lisa Jackson, Angie Sage and so many others that I’ve read through the years.

When you read Vision of Shadows, I hope you don’t think though out the book, ‘hey this is pretty good for a male author’s take on a female MC.’ Rather, I hope you just lose yourself in Bristol’s story.

Vision of Shadows (Vision #1)
by Vincent Morrone

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: December 30, 2013

Is Bristol Blackburn about to meet the love of her life...or her killer?
After the death of her parents, Bristol Blackburn's life is thrown into chaos and she's forced to move to Spirit, a small town where shadows are stirring. As she learns to navigate her new school and figures out how to keep her psychic abilities secret from her family, Bristol comes face to face with the boy who makes a regular appearance in her dreams: the gorgeous, possibly deadly, Payne McKnight. Soon sheíll find out if Payne will be the love of her life, or the end of it ó and she has no idea which possibility scares her more.
And that's not even the worst of it. Strange shadows are haunting her dreams, and they're up to something that could put Bristol and the lives of everyone she loves in jeopardy.

Buy it now on Amazon.

You can add Vision of Shadows to your to-read list on Goodreads

You can find more about Vision of Shadows on the Entranced Publishing website.

Want to chat with Bristol, the main character of this series? Well she has her own twitter account.

Vision of Secrets (Vision #0.5)
by Vincent Morrone

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: December 2, 2013

Bristol understands secrets. She's got plenty of her own, ranging from the annoying ghost that keeps showing up and attempting to sing Copacabana, (badly) to the visions of a terrifying future that is getting closer each day.
Bristol knows secrets can kill. She's getting flashes of a boy racked with guilt over his secret. And a girl who's prank might lead to someone's death.
Vision of Secrets is a free prequel introduces you to Bristol Blackburn before the explosive events in Vision of Shadows and let's you see how a young girl deals with her Visions of Secrets!

You can add Vision of Shadows to your to-read list on Goodreads

You can download Vision of Secrets for free from smashwords

About the Author:
Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Vincent Morrone now resides in Upstate NY with his wife. (Although he can still speak fluent Brooklynese.) His twin daughters remain not only his biggest fans, but usually are the first to read all of his work. Their home is run and operated for the comfort and convenience of their dogs.

Vincent has been writing fiction, poetry and song lyrics for as long as he can remember, most of which involve magical misfits, paranormal prodigies and even on occasion superheroes and their sidekicks.

As they say in Brooklyn: Yo, you got something to say to Vincent?
Check out where you can learn about Vincent and leave him a comment. You can also connect with Vincent on Twitter and Facebook

You can find and contact Vincent Morrone here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads

Vincent also participates in a group blog called YA Rush which consist of YA and NA Entranced authors. You can find YA Rush here:
- Website
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Pinterest

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Vision of Shadows.
Here is what you can win:
- 1 Vision of Shadows Pen
- 1 Vision of Shadows Calender
- 1 Vision of Shadows Pen & calender
- 1 Vision of Shadows Pen and calender in a Vision of Shadows canvas bag
- 1 Vision of Shadows Pen, calender in Vision of Shadows canvas bag and an e-copy Vision of Shadows

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