I don't shy away from telling anyone who asks why I write.
It's pretty simple really, it came about because I couldn't find anything to read that wasn't a romance but still had a female protagonist (not ones that falls apart every two seconds, or need rescuing from something ridiculous, or who run down the middle of the road screaming when being chased by some asshole in a car... oh, no, wait that was how woman were portrayed in movies for the longest freaking time...).
I wanted a book that had strong characters like all the boys stories I'd read growing up. Seemed to me there was no reason why action, adventure, and guts were solely in male orientated stories... why should guys get all the fun? So unfair.
If you don't think women/girls can clean someone's clock then you probably never had a sister.
I've also been quite vocal about the lack of entertainment on our televisions of late. Really, it get's old fast... every time a good show starts it gets canned and replaced with reality shit TV.
So, it seems that maybe it's time to do something about it.
I would LOVE to pitch killerbyte but it's not a kiwi story, transplanting it wouldn't work so well... as Action Man tells me, 'they're awesome characters all of them but they wouldn't work as kiwis.' (Very few people would work as a flightless bird, just sayin')
We had a long conversation about characters and plot lines last night. Action Man HATES my kiwi novel (I'm not overly fond of it myself because it needs so much work and I'm lazy but I do kinda like the characters and the story...). He HATES them all. The more we talked about it, the more it seemed that he hated them because they were New Zealander's and it was set here in Upper Hutt. He hated the whole premise of the story. Really truly hated it.
Not very constructive of him, I have to admit. But he couldn't find anything redeeming at all.
It's kinda scary really that because something is set here with a kiwi cast... it enlists such a strong negative response. (Not to mention the immediate derisive sneer - all NZ produces is drama...)
My question was, "Would this work on television?"
He said no. Because he hates the characters. (Yet they're distinctive in-your-face characters... odd!)
Asking why (trying to get specifics) just became ridiculous. There was nothing he could pinpoint!
Ask him if the characters and plots from the_byte series would work on TV... and you get an overwhelming positive response... they'd work in TV and movies.
But slightly unhelpful.
I'm with him on the dislike of drama. I don't so much enjoy drama for the sake of it.
I need action. I like fast paced, exciting, funny, television. I don't like Shortland Street, and didn't enjoy Outrageous Fortune - I know, shock-fucking-horror, I'm the only person in the country who didn't watch OF and who doesn't watch SS.
(And try as I might, I didn't enjoy Hounds. I really wanted too, because I LOVE greyhounds but it didn't hold my attention.)
I also don't watch reality TV - so don't try talking to me about the-latest-fucking-cooking-show. ;-)
So what do I want to watch?
Action, humor, strong characters...
Watch this space!
(Also, after reading the script for the Human Target pilot... I'm glad they didn't go with Winston as a Brit.)