For instance, Stephen King wrote several books as Richard Bachman. A lot of readers read the Bachman books and saw Steve shining through.
I’ve read both Nora Roberts and JD Robb since the beginning. Even though the JD Robb books are very different from the Nora books, I still hear her voice–that humor and sarcasm–shining through.
This summer I went to see THE AVENGERS. I loved it! But something kept nagging at me. I felt like I knew the writer of that movie. The script had a flow. The characters were revealed in subtle ways. Even during the fight scenes, characters stayed true, and more was revealed about them. Sure enough, when I looked up the scriptwriter I discovered that Joss Whedon had not only directed the movie but had written most of the script. I had recognized him shining through the movie just like he shone through BUFFY, ANGEL and FIREFLY in the same way.
A recent find for me is Ryan Murphy. I started watching AMERICAN HORROR STORY last year. It was so fantastic, I gave GLEE a try, even though I’d never been interested. OMG! I was obsessed. I watched GLEE non stop for weeks. Because of this experience I gave THE NEW NORMAL a whirl. It’s not bad. I can definitely see Ryan shining through.
Another writer/producer who’s hooked me into all his shows regardless of the topic is Chuck Lorre. I started watching TWO AND A HALF MEN, with Charlie Sheen. (Yes, he’s a train wreck but a very funny, talented one when he’s got a script.) Because of my enjoyment of that show, I tried out THE BIG BANG THEORY. Now I’m hooked like GLEE, watching the shows every chance I get. When I went and looked up what else Chuck had done I said “ah-ha!” Old favorites like ROSEANNE, DHARMA AND GREG and GRACE UNDER FIRE all appeared under his banner. All of these shows pushed the boundaries of television, while being funny and relevant.
Next Tuesday my first western in years will be released under the name Lori Austin. I like to think that my Lori Handeland fans will see me shining through. BEAUTY AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER is a gritty, sexy, funny, emotional western. The characters both broke my heart and made me laugh. I hope you’ll agree.
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I’m giving away five ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) of BEAUTY to five commenters chosen at random today.
Are there any writers/producers/directors whose work you can recognize on sight?