I always write on my second novel, “Ugly People Can’t Dance,” as much as I possibly can. I am not “fixed” on that Title, though, because I am using “Ugly People,” and “Dance,” again. Why? The, “To Dance with Ugly People,” story carries on and you met my main character, “Niecy,” in, “To Dance with Ugly People,” plus I have a slight fear of those who don’t get the concept of Ugly People nor the Dance.
Reading Jenny’s Blog, I related completely to her use of “knitting,” As she states, “We all have techniques that we feel comfortable with and come to trust.” In a prior conversation with John Lock, Publisher, (who was curious as to how far I’d gotten in writing my second book) I stated my writing is like putting puzzle pieces together. I just create the pieces and as time goes on begin to slide them into the different areas of the big story puzzle as they fit. I can’t even explain how that actually works, as eloquently as Jenny describes her “knitting,” but it does work for me. As Jenny referred to, I also wake up in the middle of the night and struggle with fitting the pieces of the story in, or to create a new piece or to struggle with what direction my storyline is going. But, I carried around the title, “To Dance with Ugly People,” for years before I ever wrote a single word. Not so with, “Ugly People Can’t Dance,” I struggle with that.
I’ve also found that occasionally the public does not understand the concept of, “Ugly People,” or the “Dance.” A few want to laugh. One example was when I submitted my manuscript for a book evaluation by Green Leaf Book Group. They wrote:
Your current title, To Dance with Ugly People, is eye-catching and spirited.
While the title does not clearly establish the overall content of the book (this
is not actually a book about dancing with people who could be called “ugly”),
this supporting content could be communicated with a strong subtitle.
Seriously, who is going the write about Ugly People dancing, unless it is a comedy! I was shocked at first and realized I hadn’t included my Preface. I had a glimmer of suspect that may happen, in the public, so that is why I wrote the Preface. I had a glimmer of suspect that there would be those who did not get the concept of the African Dance Chapter Titles, so I wrote the preface. I will post it at the end of this blog.
But, I finally decided that if that is all they found wrong – I’ll take it. They wrote:
Content: To Dance with Ugly People balances the three major types of conflict
(man vs. man, man vs. self, and man vs. society) very well.
Structure : Strategic use of letters, emails, or directed text (as is the case here,
when each To Whom It May Concern is not necessarily a letter sent to a character)
are a good way to show the passage of time within a text
Platform and Market: Obvious audiences include readers of New Adult fiction and African-American readers, primarily females, w omen’s fiction, and coming of age markets.
The following is the Preface to, “To Dance with Ugly People.”
“This novel is the book in which I was able to express a new divine awareness. I realized I had experienced a lot in life that had left me strewn and unsettled, the book brought about the resurgence of a strong feeling of cohesion. In this book I have tried to present some of the elementary principles of human nature that can be outside of perceiving but not outside of holding dear, I call it “Ugly People.” For example, the violence of feelings, the slave of passion; and the dark tyranny of despair. My life might not have been full of ease and luxury; but I preferred to glorify my existence, as I lived it, enticed by the wealth of experiences placed in my path. Watching the world around me I became interested in Fate. Stories, of the sudden deaths of the rich and famous awakened even more trains of thought on Destiny. We strive to travel, what we think, are the right paths in life but does destiny have to have the final say? Or, is fate everywhere we are, involved in everything we do and not only just an end result? What do you think? On, that same note I would answer, “Yes, it does!” and so this book was born. I could feel my heart glow with excitement and enthusiasm as I wrote this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.” – Lorene Stunson Hill –
“This novel does not deal directly with Africa; instead it uses the Art of African Dance as a beautiful premise for this author’s fiction novel. An African Dance is used as the Title of each chapter. I love African Dance and chose to do so to honor my heritage and to place the musing of life into deeper dimensions. In its usage and content – a definition listed after each Title – every dance is both treated as a theme and used as a dramatization to bring forth an enchantment of visual images on a non literal basis, to highlight the drama (Dance) of each stage of my protagonist life. The chapters may seem, to some, to show a bleak interpretation of the dance, if taken too literal, but is not the true intention of this author. The characterization of each chapter is not a representation of the actual Artful meaning of each of the African Dances depicted. – Lorene Stunson Hill –
In conclusion, Please enjoy, “To Dance with Ugly People,” and get to know “Niecy.” What would you do if your drunken husband embarrassed you in front of all of your co-workers at your own Tupperware Party? What would you do if your new man beat you all the way home from the grocery store you’d just walked to, with neighbors standing on the porch watching? With her as the lead character, of, “Ugly People Can’t Dance,” would you change the Title? firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s talk!