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The blog of author Harper Alexander


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Currently Reading

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While the list of books I’m currently reading is actually quite huge, these are the three I’m actively focusing on right now:

‘The Autobiography of Henry VII’ by Margaret George

‘Pathfinder’ by Orson Scott Card

‘Throne of Glass’ by Sarah J. Maas

I’m enjoying all three, though Pathfinder a little less than the other two. Actually, I think I’m enjoying Henry most of all, which I find interesting because it isn’t my regular go-to genre, though I love the time period. It’s just written well, and I like the perspective being from Henry himself, making him more of an interesting character than a mere terrible one.

Pathfinder dizzies me with its philosophical back-and-forth musings pertaining to the loop-holes of time-travel, which I find very interesting and helpful as far as sparking critical thought if I were to, say, ever write my own time-twisting story. But if I’m reading it at bedtime I tend to have to keep shaking myself out of the muddle and re-reading paragraphs, or just pretend I know which theory the plot is running with at present.

Throne of Glass… I’m not quite sure of my opinion yet. Sometimes I feel it’s a little amateurish, or as if the main character isn’t well-developed (I don’t find her consistent, and she keeps surprising me, not necessarily in believable ways. One might find that interesting, but I tend to think ‘that’s not what this character is supposedly geared to do’. Maybe that’s just the writer in me, seeing things my own way, but still. It’s a bit of an issue for me.) I do find it entertaining, however, and the setting and themes are right up my alley as far as what I love in the YA market (indeed, what got me into reading YA and fantasy to begin with). So I’m certainly going to keep reading, and see no reason why I won’t read the sequels as well.

So there you have it! What I’m currently reading. What is everyone else reading this January?

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To Unpublish or Not to Unpublish

I’m considering un-publishing one of my earlier works, Whisper.

This is a decision I’ve been stewing over for quite some time. I’ve felt from the beginning it needs rewriting, but whenever I edit it, I can’t wrap my head around what I want to change. There are things I like and things I don’t like, but if I change the things I don’t like, I’ll pretty much have to redo the whole thing anyway.

This is doable, of course, and in fact if I do un-publish it I definitely want to re-publish it one day, because the idea is one I’d always wanted to do, and the subject matter has a special place in my heart. It’s just such a daunting task to consider when you have other pressing projects and deadlines. Namely, finishing up TWO series and getting some new ideas down that are in all respects ‘better’ than Whisper.

The only reason I really hesitate is because this is one of the books that got inquired about by a fan, as far as a sequel goes. I had planned a sequel, so I told her ‘yes, I’m working on a sequel, and am going to try to have it out by such-and-such’. So now I’m obligated. I would feel forever guilty for un-publishing the first book rather than writing its sequel as promised. It will be a complete betrayal of my fans. Or perhaps ‘fan’, singular. I believe it was the same fan who gave the book its single 5* review (thank you!!). In total, the book has received one 5* review, and one 1* review. As you can imagine, this has done nothing to help me decide the book’s fate. Is it great, or is it terrible? Does the 1* review confirm my own suspicions and reinforce that I need to take it down and redo it, or does the 5* review mean it’s actually better than I think and I should leave it be, and write the sequel for the fan(s) who do want to read it?

Another quirky factor is that this book actually sells quite often. Maybe more often than my other titles (I haven’t crunched numbers to be sure, but I sure do see it pop up on my sales report a lot more than expected). It sells and sells and sells, and yet it sits there with its one 5* review and one 1* review. And I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO MAKE OF THE THING.

The debate continues…