Well, I think it will be called that anyhow. We are still working out the details. The idea is a weekly series on a local author. So I would pick a Wisconsin author and do a review on them. In the future I may expand it to include a feature or an interview with the author. Tough to say. But the central idea revolves around…
Rule 42 – The Local Author Rule™
When an author located within the boundaries of your state publishes a novel that is within your genre, you will purchase said novel and read it.
For the first entry coming this Saturday (though it will continue on Fridays once our Carinepunk reviews are done), I will be reading Blade Reforged by Kelly McCullough. This book is in his more fantasy series as opposed to urban fantasy, so it is really genre-adjacent. But still an author I read.
This isn’t to say the Wisconsin residency is a hard and fast requirement. There has been some bending of Rule 42 with justification. Some prime examples are…
- Neil Gaiman – While he does have a house in the state, he also has multiple “homes.” His dogs live in this state, so that fits my requirements. What? I’m a dog person… What?
- Marjorie M Liu – She doesn’t live in Wisconsin, but she did her undergraduate in northern Wisconsin and attended law school on the campus I currently work for in my day job. A degree from this state and at least six years of residency counts.
- Carolyn Crane – She may live in Minnesota now, but she was raised here. Also she is a member of the League of Reluctant Adults. Either of those separately grants special dispensation.
I likely already have the second in the series ready to go as Madison area author Alex Bledsoe released Wisp of a Thing recently as well. And Rule 42 or not, that is a hell of a series of books he has going there.
Once the series starts I will link it here and maybe even start a landing page for linking all the posts in the series.
Know an author I should include in the Rule 42 series? Leave a comment below and I will look into them.