Writer Wednesday – Bibi Rizer

1. Who are you? (A name would be good here…preferably the one you write under)
Bibi Rizer

2. What type of stuff do you write? (Besides shopping lists)
I write steamy to erotic romance, mostly in the New Adult category and in several genres.

3. What do you want to pimp right now? (May it be your newest, your work-in-progress, your favorite or even your first)
The first book in my Vikings of Vinland series. This historical New Adult series surrounds the adventures of twin sisters Gull and Katla Grimsdottir who, after being cruelly separated, face challenges and come of age in Viking era Europe and North America. The first book is called The Shieldmaiden’s Revenge.

4. What is your favorite book? (Okay, or two or three or… I know how writers are as readers.)
Literature – Cat’s eye by Margaret Atwood and The World According to Garp by John Irving.
Fun – Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings.
Smut – I love Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, Delphine Dryden’s  The Science of Temptation series.


5. What other hats do you wear besides the writer hat?
I’m a cover designer and a busy mom

6. What link can we find you at? (One or two please; don’t go overboard here!)
www.bibirizer.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bibi-Rizer/845707895448516

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On Writing…


I know it’s fashionable to be very supportive in our field, especially of beginners, but I’ve got to say, I’ve been asked for advice from a few people who seem to have no aptitude for writing whatsoever. I try to be nice but I’m often left wondering what on earth made this person think they should be a writer? They claim to be “passionate” about it (but often lack enough passion to do even very cursory research into the field) but where on earth does this passion come from? It would be as though I suddenly developed a passion for ballet dancing or playing Aussie Rules Football. I do think that writing can be learned (as can ballet and football) but surely that learning should build on some innate talent that it already there? I mean, this is why I took up writing.

People often ask me “why do you write?” They formulate this question in many of different ways, and I think there is a lot of dewy eyed fascination about writers and their “passion”. The truth is, many of the most successful writers will happily tell you they write because it’s the only thing know how to do, because it’s the best way for them to earn money and because they’re good at it. Why do I write? Because I’m good at it. I won the first short story contest I ever entered. I sold my very first screenplay for six figures. I got a two book deal on my first YA book.

I’ve tried a lot of other things I’m “passionate” about. I love psychology and helping people and I tried to be a counselor but I suck at it. I’m into business, computer programs all that office management stuff like Powerpoint and Excel but I suck at office work – I’m far too anti-social and disorganized. I love fashion but I can’t follow a pattern. I love love LOVE performing music, but I’m really not that great a singer.

But I’m a good writer, and late in life I’ve discovered that I don’t suck at book cover design. Who knew?

So my advice, not just to newbie writers but to everyone, is this: find something you’re good at, and be passionate at that.

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Bonus Content – Book In The Bag’s Best Books of 2012

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Well, it’s been a good first few months, and I hope the holidays found you loaded with new books and a little bit sweeter for all the cookies.  Here at BitB, we’re proud of our showing for 2012, and hope that you’ll follow us into the next year.

We had visitors from 51 countries on 6 continents last year, and our most popular post was (totally unsurprisingly) Chris Baty’s interview back in October  (which you can find here: https://bookinthebag.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/writer-wednesday-chris-baty/).

Did we have some bad reviews, oh, yeah.  The law of averages says that eventually we’ll find a stinker or two – and we all did.  But there were also some great books.  Without futher ado, I bring to you the Best Books of 2012 -books somebody on our panel of reviewers gave a five page rating to at some point last year.

  • The Three Pigs by David Weisner
  • The Jigsaw Woman by Kim Antieau
  • OhneWorterBush by Langenscheidt
  • The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
  • James May’s Lego House by BBC
  • Deutsch Fur Den Auslander by Florian Lamp & Heldrich Johannes
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
  • The Wonderland Alphabet by Alethea Kontis
  • Alpha Oops: H is for Halloween by Alethea Kontis
  • Alpha Oops: The Day That Z Went First by Alethea Kontis
  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling

What will 2013 bring?  About three hundred books, but beyond that, I can’t say.  What book would You give a five page review to?  What review from last year surprised you?

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