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Subject: Comparing Authors
Date Posted: 11/21/2009 11:11 PM ET
Member Since: 6/16/2005
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I've been reading a book about getting published and it suggested I find authors that write similar books.


My problem is I write modern books that feature bad guy heroes. One of my favorite things to do is make you love a real jerk then make him acceptable.


Ok the real issue is I seldom read modern I read historical romance and vampire novels.


So have you read any twisty modern mystery romance with bad guys that turn hero that I might try out? I would so appreciate any help you could give me.

Date Posted: 11/30/2009 11:04 PM ET
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I'd appriciate any help! Please!

Date Posted: 12/1/2009 3:02 AM ET
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I got nothing. . . but you might want to try asking in the mystery, romance and contemporary forums to see if they have any suggestions. . .

Last Edited on: 12/1/09 5:12 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/2/2009 8:59 AM ET
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The Dexter character by Jeff Lindsay would be one such character. The link I posted is from Writer's Digest about developing an Anti-Hero. http://www.writersdigest.com/article/bullies_excerpt    I hope this helps a little bit. I usually steer away from reading about the 'anti-hero' because of my personal preference so I don't know of many examples of those types of characters.

Good luck on your book! I think an anti-hero in a vampire novel would work really well.

Add: If you type in Anti-Hero into google it does give some sites that have lists of books (though quite a few are written before 2000)

Last Edited on: 12/2/09 10:32 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/2/2009 11:45 AM ET
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Thanks PhoenixFalls) and Christina F.  I'll run over to Writers digest and read that article. I've been writing poetry all month there for the PAD challenge.