Hi James, thanks for the add. Absolutely agree with the comment regarding the reflection of the current fabric of society. The question is how to achieve this and not 'date' your work. Unless it is your intention to make it part of your plot.
Your cover looks great and very enticing. I would stick with your gut when it comes to your writing. I have a character in the other book I'm writing Vile City, who came alive and I couldn't stop him. I'm rewriting to give him a much bigger role.
"My intention was not to suggest that we dedicate the entire length of a novel to a particular issue. Are we not masters of creating depth and motivation where others prefer to be ambivalent?
I meant to say that an author should use a particular issue, or a number of issues for that matter, to fuel the main plot or give depth to the characters. A relatable sub-plot, whether peppered with political or social issues or not, is a good vehicle to use when attempting to win over the reader. This is where we can put the spotlight on the ever-elusive decadence."
What if you took what you wrote in the forum and tightened it up a bit, and we could put your pioint in with the other is Noir Natin issue one.
"Any good crime novel should have an underlying social commentary. Crime in itself is a result of a problematic social core.
After finishing JACK HANGER I actually sat down and read it. Without even realizing it, I'd delved into a number of serious social problem areas with my heavy-handed writing voice. From child abuse, the fatherless generation, social unrest like riots, and the obvious rise in drug usage, were just some of the issues I'd explored. That was not my aim, but I had somehow found my voice, paragraph by paragraph.
As authors, our art is our voice. We use our words to form a deep social commentary. Every author should let himself go when he starts. Restraint is the writer's enemy. We use a fictional account, but in it hides a sting of truth.
You are right in assuming we should not be journalists. Who can bear a weekly deadline?! But we should exercise our freedom to highlight the problem areas in the modern social fabric. We should also be able to take it apart at will. Who knows, maybe in our haphazard analysis a solution to key issues might present itself."
It doesn't have to be any longer than that. We'll also include your bio and which can plug your books/writing.
Hi James, the discussion on the forum about social commentary in crime fiction has gotten quite a lot of responses. This has inspired us at Noir Nation to add a new section to the first issue of Noir Nation wherein writers opine on the following question: Must crime noir have a moral point? The word limit is 300 to 500 words. Include short bio, and photo. There is a $25 honoraria, payable on publication. Best five get published in Issue No. 1. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org