Angelia Vernon Menchan

Angelia Vernon Menchan is an author, publisher and public speaker who owns two publishing companies, MAMM Productions and Honorable Menchan Media. Mrs. Menchan is also a Budget Officer and former Job Corps Counselor. To date she has published twenty-three books of her own work, both fiction and non-fiction and more than eighty ebook novellas on amazon.com. You can access her bibliography on www.amazon.com search words: Angelia Vernon Menchan




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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

PERCEPTIONS

I am fascinated by perceptions. When I talk to people about my books it is always so interesting to hear what their perception is of what I wrote. And, how those perceptions are so different from person to person. Also, the perceptions they make of me as the writer based on what I write. I cannot tell you the number of folks who have asked me if I am lesbian because some of my characters are, or if I have a husband and a man because one of my characters did, etc.

"Umm, NO, it is fiction my dear..."
"But the characters seem so real, ring so true..."
"Thank you very much, but it was just my imagination once again, running away with me..."

I recall my first book was filled with umm language (cussing). I was writing in the voice of a brother from the hood, who had made good and he cussed. When I would go out on signings or discussions people were first surprised to see I was a woman and then that I looked so conservative and didnt lace my conversation with expletives. Ha!

The next three books had little cussing but there was some sex, actually, in Cinnamon’s Universe there was much sex…I could see a few wondering if I got down like that!

Then, I changed the game and wrote a young adult book and a couple of non-fiction books, and other fiction that was different in tone than the others, but still in my voice.

The other day I was talking to a reader who has read all my books and she said, “I can always tell a book that is written by you, but I never know where you are going to go or in what voice because you write genre-less.”

I took that as a compliment because I really do want readers to know me when they read me, but I don’t necessarily want them to have preconceived perceptions about future work, because I am bound to go anywhere with my writing.

The same is true of me as a person, I ask that people get to know me because there is a lot going on in this 5’10” frame that from day to day might be different than what is perceived. I love when I meet people who look one way or act a certain way but when I get to know them, there are so many more layers going on than imagined.

That makes people complex and mad interesting. And that is what I try to do when writing, give you people that are complex, different than expected and mad interesting.

Love and BLESSINGS!
angelia

www.angeliamenchan.com

10 comments:

Shai said...

Love the post. Many folks don't take the time to get to this>>>> "people who look one way or act a certain way but when I get to know them, there are so many more layers going on than imagined."

Angelia... said...

So true!

Sharon said...

Great post Angelia!! Now here I perceived you being a little short mighty lady and here you are mighty 5'10"

Angelia... said...

Sharon,

I am an Amazon!

angelia

Niambi said...

In more ways than one, Angelia :)

Linda Chavis said...

I not only love all your books, but all of your posts !

Anonymous said...

*grinning*

Dera Williams said...

Great post. Yes, perceptions is a funny thing.

Kim said...

Angelia, I love your post but seem to have trouble getting my comments to post. Getting to know you and your writing has been a wonderful experience.

Melissa said...

Love this post. I like getting to know the layers in people. I'm nosy, and finding out something that wasn't obvious makes my day. Oh, and I must be an Amazon too at 5'10"!