Inviting You Over for May, and Desert Island Books (including Neil Gaiman with a chainsaw)

What does everyone think of guest blogging? It's lots of fun to hop around and catch authors and fellow bloggers on each other's blogs.

I've had a few wonderful guests here, including Ayak from Ayak's Turkish Delight, Talli Roland on What to Eat While Writing, and Sara, with a wine glass... I've been a guest myself, on Kait Nolan's blog and over at Turkish Muse. I even had a post featuring Vince Ditrich of the band Spirit of the West, listing his favourite children's books.

But it's not enough! I'd love more! If you've got an idea for a guest post and would like to visit my blog in May, please let me know.

To balance out the recent post where I discussed an article poking gentle fun at romance novel covers, here's an essay on The Awl that considers their place in the canon, and why Romance Novels are the Last Great Bastion of Underground Writing.

Speaking of books, which authors would you desperately need on a desert island?

I interviewed Barbara Rogan on Wednesday - here's her desert island authors list. Of course, I'd add Tolkien to my list, among other authors... [cough cough] Neil Gaiman [cough]

Thank you to all my new followers! Looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday, for the second campaign challenge of Rach's Fourth Writers' Platform-building Campaign. I love the way these challenges get me excited about drafting, right when I'm in the midst of slogging through edits. Still 2/3 of Rome, Rhymes and Risk to edit - I'm loftily aiming for the end of March at this point.

And if you'd like to enter another story challenge, Yikici is hosting an exciting collaborative story:

"Just like any other Flash Fiction Challenge; but with a slight twist (I can't help myself); we will each write a paragraph (no more than 250 words per entry) to the on-going story (which will start below and continue in the comment section/linky list, I will create a page to collate all the entries). Once we finish this rather exciting online project, I hope to publish our collected works in an eBook - either market it for free or put it on sale for a worthy cause, I usually choose children charities; but we can decide the final outcome all together once the project is completed."

Come join us!

(Gratuitous image of Neil Gaiman to add excitement to the blogpost. Take a chainsaw to that novel!)


S.P. Bowers said…
I like guest posts but I don't want that to be all I see on blogs. In fact I was looking for a few people to guest post or do interviews for me in April....*trailing off suggestively*
Anonymous said…
Desert island books? Neil Gaiman would be on the list. Joel Rosenberg, Spider Robinson, Dumas, Hugo, Shakespeare. That would do me for a while. And then I'd start over and read them all again.
Angela Brown said…
Guest posting...hmm...have to think on that.

I would need Tolkien, Lewis, Jane Austen, Cassandra Clare, Holy Bible and, if there's one out there, the entire collection of world mythologies.
Golden Eagle said…
On a desert island? Hmmm . . . probably Isaac Asimov, Kristin Cashore, Arthur C. Clarke, to name a few.
Naina Gupta said…
I like the informative guest posts where I learn something from the blogger.
And like one of the above commenters said, they should not take over the blog.
Michael Di Gesu said…
Hi, Deniz,

Thanks for the info on the story challenge. It sounds like fun!

For me, I need my HARRY POTTER BOOKS and TOLKEIN books for Whimsy, and then DICKENS, Austen, and Hawthorne for my classics....
Deniz Bevan said…
I could try, if you like, Sara... I'll be doing the A to Z challenge!

Ooh, I'll have to look up Rosenberg and Robinson, Joshua! And Cashore, Eagle. Love discovering new authors!

Great choices, Angela!

You're right, Naina - interviews are even more fun than guest posts!

Brilliant choices, Michael!
Zan Marie said…
Hi, Deniz! I'm trying one more thing on my new computer. BTW, I love guest blog visits...not that I've done one or interviewed someone... ; )
Suzanne Lilly said…
My desert island books would have to include titles by John Irving. He takes such weird ideas and weaves them into stories so believable and real.

I love to see interviews on blogs, more than guest posts. It's always fun to read about authors and get to know them a bit through interviews.
Kate said…
Tooo hard! Instead, I'd wish for a solar generator to power my kindle so I could bring THAT with me instead! hahaha
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks Zan Marie!
Irving's still on my To Read list, Suzanne!
Ooh, that's a good way to bring a huge pile of books, Kate :-)
Love the picture of NG with saw. BTW, I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Come and pick it up on my blog.
S.P. Bowers said…
If you're doing the A-Z and putting together your own guest posts for May you'll be pretty busy. I'd hate to bother you, especially as you're already beta reading for me. I've got some other people I could ask.
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks Cat!

I say yes to everything, Sara :-) But I'll let you know - if I can think of a fun post I'll pass it on to you!