Raising the curtain of disbelief . . .

  Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

― Voltaire                    

When you sit down to read are you often transported to a different world?  I am. This is likely the single most important factor in my desire to read on a daily basis.

You will find it to be true that most authors are avid readers.  We all like to read, read often, and read across multiple genres.  I think I still average about a book a week. I am a regular at the local library frequently (five times a week) there are books too numerous to count, both hard and soft covers in the ” to be read pile” as well as on the “keeper” shelves. And that doesn’t include the 300+ on the eReader, or stored in the cloud, a godsend for the reader who travels frequently.

I have never moved with less than twenty-seven boxes of books along for the ride.  I am vested in story.

So it is important to me when I sit down to tell you a story, by writing a book, that I can transport you to a different time and place. I’d like to think that I can make you believe absurdities even if it’s only for a short period of time. But no, I do not desire to make you commit atrocities.  But the question remains, can I make you believe that someone else might?

The ability to raise the curtain of disbelief is a gift for any storyteller. Some of them abuse the gift, and some do not. I aspire to be the storyteller who does not abuse your trust, but rather engages your interest.  I hope that I can get you to invest in my characters and join me more than once for a break from reality.

So, I do plan to keep you abreast of my journey as I head towards the completed manuscript and into self publishing. In the interest of testing the theory about whether or not I can engage your interest and begin to raise the curtain of disbelief, I’m asking if you might be interested in seeing the prologue for a horror novel in progress?

Here’s how it works.  I’m asking today, and if I receive a 25% positive response, I will include the prologue either as a separate page or as an addendum to next weeks blog.

Let me know what you think, and if you have any questions about the process of self publishing, I will happily answer what questions I can, and draw on the multitude of resources available to me to find the answer you’re seeking.


Published by Ane Ryan Walker

Ane recently retired from travels with her personal Romance Hero Husband and settled in Northern Alabama. They're still enjoying adventures, romance, and the great outdoors. She writes about those travels and her new adventures settling in the country, writing, and romance in the age of the pandemic.

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