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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. dgkaye says:

    Love your review and the premise of the book Olga. It was an extra treat to hear Karen’s perspective on writing from a male perspective. Thanks for the recommend. 🙂 x

    1. Thanks, Debby. It’s a lovely book and I thoroughly enjoyed Karen’s insights into writing from a male perspective as well. Have a lovely day.

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks Olga. Always a treat to visit here. Happy Tuesday to you too my friend. 🙂 xx

        1. Thank you! ♥

  2. Christina Boyd says:

    So glad you enjoyed Karen M Cox’s novel. I loved it. My teen daughter loved! It’s a memorable coming of age novel about truth, love, and becoming who you are meant to be that will leave you breathless too.

    1. Thanks, Christina. You’re right. Some themes never use their appeal and they’re forever relevant. Karen writes beautifully and the setting adds to the novel. Thanks for introducing me to such talented writers!

  3. Thank you Olga.

    1. Thanks for the opportunity, Rosie.

  4. Good tips on writing from a very different perspective. I wish Karen well with the book, though religious themes are not something I am generally attracted to, even as a setting.
    best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I know what you mean. In this case, it works very well for the story, but we can’t all like all books.

  5. I enjoyed the author’s tips about women writing male pov, or men in general, dialogue, etc.
    I worry a lot about that as a writer, too, as I often have male pov. Every time we write 1st person pov we have to become the character, that’s more difficult with characters who are ‘removed’ from our lives by sex, age, time, or place, etc.
    I think reading novels written by men about men helps and of course observing real life men!

    1. Thanks, Luccia. You are right, of course! I guess when you write historical fiction, you have the added problem of setting up the character and his behaviour within the right period, as social mores are so different and affect the way people act. Most of my stories are written from a female perspective but not all, and I’ve read many negative comments about male writer’s female characters as well, as if because we are women we could read other women’s mind and our female characters were going to become more female by osmosis. (I guess the “write what you know” dictum comes to mind”). As we know, we are all individuals, no matter the genre and, thankfully, nowadays people (at least many people) have the freedom to be and behave however they feel, no matter if it fits into standards of male or female behaviour. I wonder if the secret might be trying to create a consistent, complex, and believable character, and the rest will be a given. Thanks for the tips, Luccia!

      1. I agree with you: ‘the secret might be trying to create a consistent, complex,’ but it’s such a big secret and a wonderful journey of discovery as an author.

        1. Isn’t it? I totally agree. One of the beauties of being a writer. Have a lovely day, Luccia.

  6. I really do like the sound of this book, Olga. The idea of writing as a male has never even occurred to me. I just automatically always write as a white girl/woman as that is what I know. An intriguing idea. I think it is quite challenging to write as a different race, culture, religion or sex from your own.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. You’re right, although I guess it depends on what we are creating. Some stories might require a different perspective. And if we can enjoy stories told from a different point of view (sometimes even by non-humans), it shows that we can think from that perspective or get under the character’s skin. I have the feeling you’d enjoy this book, Robbie. All the best.

  7. Hi Olga. An intriguing review (I remember hearing about this book), and and interesting post from Karen. I don’t think anything will ever make me truly comfortable writing in a male point of view — although I find the occasional story where I have to try, at least for a few pages. The same for a gay or lesbian POV. I just don’t feel competent to the task. It made me very sad to say that, when years ago a wonderful young woman asked me to write a lesbian character. Those are just my limitations. More power to those who can know and understand well enough to feel up to the task.
    Wishing Karen huge success with this release! Hugs to you both.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I must admit I don’t think I’d ever be able to tell a story from an animal’s point of view, as you’ve done, and there are genres I don’t think I’d feel comfortable writing in (I know you love to do research and many of your stories are in other historical periods, like Hullaba Lulu, but I never feel I know enough about any other era and I’m in awe of people who write great historical fiction). It’s good to know what we’re best at, although a bit of a challenge is interesting every so often. Not that I’d ever dare to try to write a series just based on reader’s suggestions, like you do. There are writers for everything, thankfully. And readers! Have a good Wednesday!

      1. Don’t underestimate yourself, Olga.
        I don’t think I would attempt a serious historical fiction story. Mine always combine a fantasy element which makes me more comfortable, and gives me a bit of leeway.

        Years ago, after watching a Star Trek (I think it was the Next Generation series) there was a plot element where characters de-evolved into various animals and insects. Watching that created a conversation where we said what animal each person would de-evolve into. The consensus was quick that I would become a cat. LOL. I’ve always had a cat, and enjoy studying their behavior. So I was comfortable with Lilith the calico.
        It’s also a fun exercise to write a short story from the point of view of an inanimate object or a cartoon character (an assignment from my eighth grade teacher).
        I hope you are having a relaxing weekend. Hugs.

        1. Thanks, Teagan. I do hope inanimate objects don’t have a point of view and don’t judge us (I can think of some horror stories they would tell!) Have a great weekend. Big hugs.

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