Mark takes the mic:
I first became aware of Jennifer Brozek when the totality of the published words she was putting out threatened to overload the speculative fiction landscape and doom us all to an existence in Literary Black Holedom. An existence in which she is the literary center and the rest of us revolve around her in the knots and whorls of some gravitational word-vortex.
Seriously. This woman writes. Some of us talk about writing. She does it. And she never stops. I wouldn’t be surprised if she actually completes hardcopy in her sleep.
Okay. I’ve had a modicum of success myself. I ‘ve had a few things published. Limited. That stunted Leprechaun jumping up and down and waving his arms in a frantic gesture? That’s me in the speculative fiction world. *waves*
But Jennifer? She’s that iron ziggurat over there with a foundation that goes directly to the Earth’s core and a peak that scratches the stars.
We but toil in her shadow.
But here’s the real deal. As good as she was she was never a real threat to me because I pretty have my own little corner of the universe where I play with matches. I write westerns, mostly dark fantasy westerns like my Haxan series. And, like I said, I’ve had a little success and gotten a little attention from it.
It’s a paltry existence but it’s mine.
Until I got a letter from Jen asking me for help on a supernatural western she was working on for an anthology.
Have you ever had your blood freeze with uncomprehending fear? Here I was in my own little corner of the world tinkering with my stupid western stories, and the Brozek Ziggurat was prepared to lay down a new foundation. Being intimidated by that (and, of course, loving her anyway) I said, “Sure, I can take a look at your story.”
She wrote it and I pointed out some things I thought might help. She thanked me and I went off to crawl into a corner and assume a fetal position because I knew resistance was futile. Dark fantasy westerns? Soon to be just another feather in Jennifer’s cap, Little Writer Boy. You’ll be lucky if she leaves you scraps.
Oh, and that Literary Blackholedom I spoke of earlier is the result of the impressive quantity and quality of her work. Well, look at it this way. With Jennifer Brozek you know the ride toward the event horizon will not only be memorable, it will be downright fun.
Love you, Jennifer. Lots. 🙂
Jennifer kindly responds:
Well, you know what they say, Mark, “Emulation is a form of admiration.”
Actually, I just made that up but it is still true. I remember looking at the Haxan series and being, 1) entertained and 2) impressed. I truly adore weird west and you do it very well. How could I not try to put something out there in that arena? Think of it this way: you inspired me. You honestly did and that can be rare. Things inspire me all the time but rarely does someone else’s writing send me to my keyboard with the hopes of possibly doing that good.
Now, how about that joint novella I suggested a couple months back?
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