WRITER, traveler, and coffee addict, ALINA POPESCU has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.
A note from multitaskingmomma: I 'met' Alina online in one of the closed Facebook groups and it started off friendly from the onset. It was through the private chats that I discovered she was just as geeky as I was and a bit of a nerd. Like I was. Especially when it came to gadgets like phablets. So started a beautiful friendship and daily chats. An accidental discovery led me to read her first Free book, Flawless Design, and I backtracked all over the net to find out if I missed something - and I was right, she kept it quiet. I saw it was an M/M and immediately pounced on it. After a very enjoyable read, I 'accidentally' posted a review of said book and blasted it all over the secret groups to get back at her for keeping such important stuff secret. This quiet girl from Romania had a great talent. Three books later, I am still proud to call her a great friend but now I am also a huge fan of her work.
In case you are wondering why she is a 'momma' - well, her beautiful, uber handsome baby boy, Ares, is the lucky puppydog who calls her momma. Between him, her writing, her PR work and getting her nails done, she is one heavy!!! multitasker.
Without more ado, multitaskingmomma Book Reviews welcomes: Ms Alina Popescu
The Truth Behind Writing Stories With An Open Ending
What you’d usually expect going into reading a story is to have the beginning, middle, and end. By the end of said story, the conflict should be resolved. Preferably in a way that sits well with the readers. Some stories, however, don’t go as planned. They are either told out of order, or the ending is… somehow open to multiple possibilities. It clearly ended one way or another, but every reader gets to decide for themselves what has really happened.
That’s the story behind my story for Stranded, the Wayward Ink Publishing anthology that has just been released. Craving Stains mixes romance with sci-fi and plays on the idea that the islands we are prisoners on are sometimes not some far away, secluded place. A lot of us are trapped in our current circumstances, sometimes of our making, sometimes enforced by others.
The story’s ending is open to interpretation. Readers can choose based on what they believe. None of the choices is incorrect. What I can say is… no matter how it goes, in a way it’s still a happy ending. *grins* Have I been annoying enough with my not really saying anything?
At first sight, this is a brilliant way of playing into reader’s beliefs and experiences. They can interpret as it best suits them. They won’t be annoyed by the story not being resolved the way they wanted it to. The other side of the coin is some will feel frustrated with the ending not being clear. They’ll end up feeling like their most burning questions have not been answered.
I love stories (from books, to movies, to songs) that leave me thinking, wondering what happened with the characters. I honesty decide, every time, it’s the best possible outcome. Who cares that it’s impossible? It’s been a long time since the high school me saw the Titanic and I tell you Leonardo di Caprio did not really die. Don’t ask me why! I just know he dumped Rose and never went back to look for it because there WAS enough room on that float! Just ask the 9GAG crowd.
The lesson in all this, and yes, there was a point I was trying to make, is that no matter which way you go, you can’t please everyone. You can please more people or less, but as long as what you do is open to opinions, there is no please all, win all recipe. In the end, you write the story as it comes to you, put it out there, and hope for the best. You take each subjective point of view, take everything that can help you write better stories, plus everything that can boost your ego and make you feel great about being an author (yeah, we all do that :P), and just start writing again the next day.
Oh, and of course none of this would be possible without coffee, tea, music, your lucky pen, or whatever other poison of choice you’re on. The end *grins*
Other Books by Alina Popescu
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