My name is Tina Anderson and I write novels for comics readers. Not an easy task minus an illustrator, but I do all right.
Novels for comics readers – What does that mean exactly?
Well, let’s start with what it doesn’t mean: Novels written for comic readers and TV-watchers are not ‘dumbed-down’ versions of ‘real literature.’ Graphic novel readers don’t lack comprehension skills; they consume their fiction differently from the average prose reader. This form of prose for comics readers and anime viewers is called Light Novels\ in Japan.
Western critics often pan Light Novels as poorly adapted due to the medium’s fans requiring too precise a translation. Even the best localized Light Novels differ from typical novels by employing more ‘Tell over Show,’ a literary no-no in many western circles. Exposition, description, and summarization are Light-Novel hallmarks because titles often include illustrations or a connection to an established comic series or animated property. Light-Novel prose reads fast, centering more on the characters, with established worlds made available beyond the novel that engages readers accustomed to swiping right if something threatens to become time-consuming.
Do I write light novels? Not exactly.
I write original fiction for comic readers.
My current work, Femitokon, began life as a monthly sci-fi serial on Patron in 2017 before moving to a quarterly release format at WordPress. Collected first-draft episodes debuted at Gumroad until funds allowed a professional editor to craft retail release episodes. Femitokon Series Bible: Femitokon.com
Contact Information & Social Media
I currently have no representation and retain a limited engagement on social media. Back when I wrote graphic novels, my Twitter and Genre-blog were popular, but my productivity and mental health suffered. While I appreciate that a writer with “social media influence & engagement” is easier to market and represent, I’m unwilling to involve myself to that degree again.