Show Me The Money. Or Not.by Clare O'Donohue
Q: Is there a book you couldn't or wouldn't write - even if a good friend begged you and offered a suitcase full of money?
I'm almost surprised to hear myself say this, but yes, there are things I wouldn't write no matter the amount involved. Like Susan, 50 Shades of Grey comes to mind. I just don't think any amount of cash would make me feel better about having written something that was considered badly written even by its fans.
I wouldn't write the book equivalent of a show like Criminal Minds, which I would describe as violence-porn masquerading as a police procedural. I have no qualms against depicting the darker side of humanity, though I don't write "dark" generally. But there's a line somewhere that turns a depiction of violence into a creepy, voyeuristic, vaguely sexual act and that's when I tap out.
And in the complete other direction, I don't think I could be Nicholas Sparks either. Nothing against him (okay maybe a little) but sappy isn't my thing. I'm not a big fan of fairy tale versions of love because I think it's a set-up. Real romance, with bumps and bruises, and the dull, beautiful reality of ordinariness... perhaps I would want to tackle that. But who would read it?
Also, no self-help books - not because I wouldn't take the money, but no one with an ounce of sense would pay me to give advice.