Literary Birthday – 4 June – Kristine Kathryn Rusch


Happy Birthday, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, born 4 June 1960

Seven Quotes

  1. As one of my creative writing professors once said, there are only seven plots. What makes those plots different is how you handle them, your voice, your style, and your way of thinking. That’s all. People can mimic your style, but they can never achieve your unique point of view.
  2. Indie writers who promote their book instead of writing the next book are wasting their time. The more books you’ve written, the more books you’ll sell. That’s how it works. That’s how it’s always worked.
  3. Like Elmore Leonard and Donald Westlake and Robert B. Parker and oh so many others, I want to die with my boots on, facedown on my keyboard if possible, in the middle of a sentence.
  4. Write. Publish. Repeat.
  5. The only way to build a fan base is to have a lot of material out there for readers to find. You can’t manufacture a fan base. You create it, one story at a time.
  6. Our subconscious works in metaphors, stories, and word play. That’s why a particular story or movie may mean more to some people than to others. Have you considered why you quest for this tale now?
  7. Rebels learn the rules better than the rule-makers do. Rebels learn where the holes are, where the rules can best be breached. Become an expert at the rules. Then break them with creativity and style.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch is an American author. She has written novels under various names, including Kristine Grayson for romance, and Kris Nelscott for mystery. Rusch won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2001 for Millennium Babies. Find out more on her website.

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by Amanda Patterson