“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

What to do with Ad?
Saturday, August 16, 2008

When I go to a reading or literary festival I get put on the strangest panels. Consider the problem the planners of these events have: "Well, Ad's readers are mostly women ... but he's a GUY ... hmmm, he did write that one novel about living in the South. Maybe he's a southern writer. Do we put him on the Comical Kudzu panel? ... He's funny ... but he's serious, too....Wait! He's bald! Maybe we can put him with the crime writers. Jonathon King, Randy Wayne White -- aren't they all bald? -- and he'll just fit in somehow."

It's about to get more difficult. In my next novel, "Man of the House," I take a step toward the Testosterone Side. As I noted in yesterday's blog, My main character, Linc Menner, suddenly realizes that all his years in GirlyLand have taken a toll on his masculinity, and he goes on a tear to reclaim his inner male.

So guys will read it, right? But aren't women more interested in the personality evolutions of a character? All this got me thinking: What literary traits draw men to certain books? And women? I've always thought men are more plot-hungry, women more relationship-hungry in their reading habits. These issues are addressed by author Allison Winn Scotch in her Aug. 12 entry on her blog. http://www.allisonwinnscotch.blogspot.com/ Check it out. (Allison blogs a lot about the literary life and business)

Got to go. Need to make some hurricane preparations. Looks like Fay is heading straight for us.
No. 1 task on list: Re-fill propane tanks so we can cook on the grill once the power goes out.


Blogger Libby McMillan said...

Interesting question you pose, about what draws each gender to a novel. I'm gonna think about that.

August 23, 2008 at 9:13 AM  

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