Argh. This week’s topic is hard for me. I’m a teensy-weensy bit uncomfortable comparing my book to those by other authors, especially successful ones. I mean, who am I to try to stack myself up against writers who’ve already proven their talent over and over again?
Seems to me I could be setting myself up for a great big “Ha! You wish!”
But you know what? I do wish.
So I’ll just share with you a partial list of books I wouldn’t mind in the least In a Fix being compared to:
1. Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. In fact, I’ve been told by people who’ve read In a Fix that it has an early Stephanie Plum sensibility to it. (If, yannoh, Stephanie could instantly look like anyone she wanted to.) There is a certain amount wackiness, and a couple of really hot guys in my book, too, so I guess I guess it might appeal to Evanovich’s fan base. (I know! I wish.)
2. Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire series, aka the Sookie Stackhouse books. If you like the paranormal aspect of these (and *cough* the hot guys), you might find something enjoyable about In a Fix. (Hey, I said this is a WISH LIST, right?)
3. Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series. If wise-ass, first-person POV main characters appeal to you, as well as elements of the paranormal, as in this wonderful series (I’ll admit it–I’m a little in love with the wizard Harry Dresden), it’s possible reading In a Fix wouldn’t bother you too much. You might like it better than a trip to the dentist, at any rate.
4. Kristan Higgins’s books, like Just One of the Guys. Her heroines are funny and flawed, and appealing to read even when they make you wince. Which is something I hope my Ciel Halligan can achieve.
And, gosh, so many more!
*Sighs* But it’s time to stop dreaming, before you guys think I’m totally bonkers.
(All right, I can hear the whispers of “Too late!” out there in the peanut gallery…)
So, do you like it when a new author is compared to one you are already familiar with? Does it help you decide whether or not to buy a book? Or does it just set you up for disappointment?
And how about you writers? Do you sweat the comparisons? Or are you confident enough to say “Hell, yeah! I’m the next [insert author of your choice here]!”