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Fiction and Taxes: Is there a difference? by Carolyn Moncel #indieexchange

This post was written and scheduled prior to the event and tragedy in Boston yesterday. and while April 15th will never be remembered just “tax day” out of respect to the  author, who wrote a fantastic post, I’m airing it  with note and with both mine and Geoff’s greatest condolences to people of Boston and those with friends and family there.

A TIE Mini-Tour Author Spotlight Tax Aftermath Article

By Carolyn Moncel

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When I was a child growing up in Chicago, my mother used to say, ‘I don’t HAVE to do anything in this world except die and pay taxes;’ a very appropriate statement since “Tax Day” in America is already upon us.  For those of us lucky, or better yet, wise enough to complete our tax forms early, April 15 is just another ordinary day.  However, for the rest of us, we always wait until the “last minute” in order to push the button.

In preparing my own tax forms — unfortunately there is no immunity for us “regular folks” living here in Switzerland — I’ve been thinking a lot about one “imperative” in particular, this need to pay taxes and how it’s a lot like another one specific to authors — the need to write a fictional work, and what prevents us from performing such duties on time.

22nd Sept: Taxing

Tax Forms (Photo credit: scribbletaylor)

To be fair, sometimes there are legitimate reasons for delays (missing 1099s or investment statements, for example). But, if we’re really, really honest with ourselves, most of the time our postponement of the “evitable”, this wait until the “eleventh hour” has more to do with procrastination than with anything else.  We work ourselves up into a frenzy, cursing ourselves for waiting to do something that we know we should have done months ago.  True relief only arrives after we’ve finished that dastardly deed for which we’ve been trying so hard to avoid.

Writers know this uncomfortable feeling all too well – especially when it comes to trying to complete a fictional work. Most of us begin a new literary project with all the hopes and aspirations of completing at least a solid draft by a scheduled date.  We research our characters; carefully organizing the “receipts” of their lives into neatly tabbed accordion files or folders on our laptops.  Each day we add writing as a “to-do” task on our schedule.  We manage to record scores of pages – inspiration that we hope in the end will result in a satisfying work.

English: KARDASHIANS & Author LaReine Chabut

KARDASHIANS & Author LaReine Chabut (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Days turn into weeks, weeks into months.  The next thing we know, we’re reading online about the Kardashians or gossiping with our friends about some other television series instead of writing. We’re cleaning out the refrigerator or relining the kitchen cabinets.  We find a reason to do almost everything except write.  Then the panic sets in as our self-imposed deadline looms.  We have no choice but to scramble to get the writing done so that our editors or agents will not penalize us. Once done, temporary relief is welcomed but we remain weary and cautious, knowing that we’ll have to do all over again very soon.

Herman Wouk in Jerusalem, 1955

The bottom line is this:  For authors writing, like taxes, is more than an imperative – it’s a certainty, just as sure as autumn follows summer.  There is absolutely no way around paying your dues so you might as well grin until you can bear it

So I will close my post with this from the great author, Herman Wouk, “Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.”

Don’t you wish you’d thought of that wonderful quote first? I know that I do!

Happy [Day after] Tax Day!

5 Reasons to Leave a Lover

5 Reasons to Leave a Lover by Carolyn Moncell

In 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover, author Carolyn Moncel offers up a fresh batch of stories based on love and loss. As singer/songwriter, Paul Simon so eloquently suggested in a famous song from the 1970s, there are many ways to leave a lover. However, Moncel’s characters demonstrate that the reasons for leaving in the first place are quite finite. Encounters in Paris` Ellery and Julien Roulet return, picking up their lives where the short story, “Pandora`s Box Revisited,” ends. This time the Roulets are involved in a love triangle, and along with two other couples, must explore how love relationships are affected and splinter due to abuse, ambivalence, deception, cheating and death.


This bittersweet collection of tales proves that some breakups are necessary; while others are voluntary; and still others are simply destined and beyond anyone’s control.

Contemporary Romance / Short Stories

About Carolyn Moncel

A virtual media and web consultant by day and author by night, Carolyn Davenport-Moncel moved to Paris from Chicago, her hometown, in 2001. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Loyola University.

Carolyn Moncell

Known for her online articles on media relations, Moncel owns MotionTemps, LLC, a Digital Project and Web Content Management firm with offices in Chicago, Paris and Geneva; and its subsidiary, Mondavé Communications, a media relations training and publishing company. She has written, placed articles or been featured in such diverse publications as,, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Wired News, International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Bonjour Paris, Café de la Soul, PrissyMag and Working Mother.

She currently resides in Lausanne, Switzerland with her husband and two daughters. Encounters in Paris is her first work of fiction. Her latest collection is 5 Reasons to Leave a Lover – A Novella and Other Short Stories. Three works are slated for 2012: Geneva Nights – A Novel, Railway Confessions – A Collection of Short Stories and finally, and an untitled Young Adult novel co-authored with her teenage daughter under the pen name Ella Swinton.


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  1. i’m interest with 5 reason to love a lover, sounds great 🙂

    • I think they both look very good, but I’d like 5 Reasons to Love a Leaver. Great cover! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. For some reason I have never thought of what taxes I would have to pay if I sold any books 😉


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