Sunday, January 13, 2008

Request from a Reader

Reader Linda is asking for book recommendations.

Can anyone suggest any other series authors who write in Deep POV. Wind/Samuels is a master, but I’m hunting for others.

So, what are your favorite examples of limited/subjective third person narrators?



Edie Ramer said...

I loved Sarah Addison Allen's Garden Spells. That was deep POV.

Most writers in the romance genre seem to write in deep POV. I remember listening to a National workshop by Suzanne Brockmann on deep POV, so I'd guess she would be a good one.

Edie Ramer said...

Sorry for my previous comment. I just noticed Linda wanted deep pov in series. Embarrassing.

I recently read Amy Knupp's latest Superromance, "Doctor in Her House". She writes in deep POV.

Edittorrent said...

Yeah, I think now most category writers spend a lot of time in deep POV. I'm thinking of Tara Taylor Quinn and Anne Stuart. Lemme check my shelves for newer ones.

PatriciaW said...

I can't think of one off the top of my head because I'm finding more and more that authors tend to jump in and out.

Camy Tang is doing a blog series on writing deep POV. Find it here.

Edittorrent said...

Patricia, yes, I think books written completely in Deep POV tend to get claustrophobic, forcing the reader to spend 400 pages enclosed in a bathroom listening to one person talk and talk and talk.... :) Most authors slide into deep POV in deeply emotional moments or during intense action, and use a more distant POV for most of the narrative.

There are no rules, only tools. :)


Anonymous said...

I'll stab at Sue Grafton - the alphabet mystery series. I'm rereading to see how she managed the first one in the series. Frankly, I think she writes better than Kathy Reich, at least in a head to head competition of firsts in a series.

Sue intermingles verb tense like crazy, but it works! She writes 1st person, so that may have something to do with it. Kinsey is a strong character. The first book, A is for Alibi, is setting up her environment, her friends, and her job, as well as her character.

Would you guys agree she's not bad at POV?
JanW - who found out today she's been shortlisted for Amazon's contest! Whoo-hoo!