I suppose I ought to have weighted in on the last kurfuffle in the genre, but others said it better than I would have. I could try to sell you my latest book, but you already know it’s there. I could try to be witty and amusing, but seriously, have you met me? There isn’t enough alcohol in the world to make me funny and witty. So instead I’ll offer some thoughts on this the 4th anniversary of Love Bytes.
When Dani asked me to do a monthly column, I was gobsmacked. I mean, I was a no one in the genre (and still no one after all these years.) There were/are plenty of other voices people would rather hear from. I’ve tried a couple of times to ‘resign,’ not because I don’t love the gig, but I feel I’m taking up valuable space and offering little in return. Dani has refused my offer each time. That is how she rolls. She doesn’t only associate with the ‘big names,’ the blog is open to all.
Many authors – myself included – have used the space Dani provides to connect with people we’d have never met otherwise. She has shared with readers new authors and helped us find followings. She given us (me) a voice where we’d otherwise labor rightly to reach a fraction of the people she helps us touch. I remember talking to her about how awesome it is she gives us/me this space and how important she is to all of us who come to the site. In typical fashion, she didn’t see the value of what she does. To her this is a tiny blog she runs for others. To us, it’s a meeting place in the pixelated universe of the internet where we can find our friends, both old and new. A way station along the way that she doesn’t charge people to use.
I’m pleased to be a tiny part of her Love Bytes family and wish her all the best as she begins her fifth year.
Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.
Since devouring The Lord of the Rings as a preteen, he has been a fan of all things fantastical. His imagination has helped him create works of high fantasy, paranormal thrills and touch of the futuristic. He also writes the occasional contemporary story.
He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his husband of twenty-two years. Together they are raising their pre-school age daughter and three dogs. Andrew tries to squeeze writing time in around his most important jobs, being husband and ‘Papa.’ Along with teaching how to kick a soccer ball or ride a scooter, he has become fluent in cartoon characters and children’s books. To find out more about Andrew, his writing and his family, follow him on his website or on Facebook.
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