Guest Blog & Giveaway: Fierce Dolan

What the hell is mezzofiction?

“What method acting is for the stage, mezzofiction is for the page.”

People ask me all the time why I make up new words, when the ones we have are perfectly fine.  I usually respond to them “flugelbinder,” but only people who are into urban etymology or remember pre-couch Tom Cruise get it.  My point is, I only make up words when the meanings of the ones we have are incomplete.

That and I can’t stick to a genre.

The truth is, I coined the term about sixteen years ago, to describe my quirky style of writing quasi-believable stories.  The term doesn’t describe the validity of writing, or if it’s fiction or nonfiction.  It describes how I write.  “Mezzo” means middle, or medial, medium, so mezzofiction is a state of writing from a between space.  I work a lot with trance; thus, I’ve learned to write from it.  MezzoFiction is the result of writing from a trance space.  In short, it’s method acting for the page.  Characters, scenes, conflicts get in me and walk around until the last word is on the page.

I blame it on Amy Tan.  In an interview after she wrote The Joy Luck Club, she said she felt like it had come so easily to her, as if it had been spoken to her in a trance.  Needless to say she caught ten levels of critical hell after, from writers who felt that her remarks poo-pooed the hard work that we put into every syllable, and from critics, themselves, who felt she was taking the easy way out on accountability.  The book went on to be translated into over thirty languages and won the National Book Award, among others.  She can say she got it from wherever the hell she wants.  It was a fantastic book.

No, I’m not saying I’m Amy Tan, or that writing in trance is always easy.  I’m saying I understood what she meant.  When I read her statement about writing in trance, it liberated something in me.  I have a natural tendency to fall between many things in western culture—gender, orientation, life path…  It is very natural for me to approach the writing process betwixt.  Tan’s words gave me license to commit to those spaces I go to when I write, to let them be real, even if only to me.  In accepting that flight into my own fluidity, my writing became more grounded.  It transformed into my own style, voice.

So, yes, mezzofiction: the state of attendance to places unknown and unchartable, for the purpose of writing them down.

Mezzofiction author, Fierce is imagination shapeshifted as a scribe taunting blank pages and carpal tunnel, neither of which are much use for deadlines. Close allies are impeccable timing and a trusty masseuse. Being a switch I/ENFP doesn’t hurt. For kicks Fierce has other personas across several genres, tends to fill in “Other” on surveys without explaining, and chooses the finality of the Japanese Tamagotchi.

In summary: Fierce writes all kind of dirty things that you probably shouldn’t ever read…

Experiments in Mezzofiction

Writing Utopia, One Word at a Time

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Synopsis: Long in passion’s service, confident Asif enjoys his life as a thirty-something escort, bringing romance into the lives of metropolitan socialite cougars. Gifted at seducing wealthy white MILFs and bringing them endless pleasure, the arrogant Persian eschews investing in a personal life. A chance meeting with young artist, Cass, while on the job at a gala event, changes his perspective on women forever, and unleashes desires Asif never knew he had.

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“Are your works always so intricate?”
She shakes her head, again scanning the tower, though my eyes stay on her. “Frescoes are always detailed and hard work, but this is way above and beyond. Layering in kinetic elements to give moving light and dimensional depth is my dream project come true. Most of my projects are just frescoes.”
“Just frescoes.” I laugh. “They’re noble and valiant relics in the art world.”
“They’re actually in high demand.” Her tone is matter-of-fact. “Though few people can afford them.”
“Well, you’ve outdone yourself here,” I affirm. Her smile is sincere, her pride evident, elegant, enchanting.
“It’s taken quite a long time to come together, and I’ve left the plasterer more than a little frustrated on several occasions.”
“I can’t imagine him staying angry for long….”
“They’ve given me deep creative license over the project, so that’s saved my ass a couple of times. It’s kind of mind-blowing to work on something so limitlessly funded.”
Our eyes lock for mere seconds and the silence is disturbing. “I was just going for a bite to eat. Would you care to join me?”
Cass nods. “I’d like to, but I need to finish this section. This medium doesn’t wait well.”
She’s genuinely interested and I want her to be. I want her to be as affected as I am. Before I can prod further she asks, “Maybe another time?”
Reluctantly, I follow her to the elevator. She opens it with a pass card attached to a cord coiled on the drawstring of her pants. My eyes linger on the brilliant green gem in her navel.
“What’s your name?”
“Asif,” I reply without hesitating. The sound is bare, like a secret revealed, though I don’t understand why. I always use my real name.
“Another time, Asif.”
The doors slide closed, and I agree.


Enjoy Gigolo Seduction along with the Reader’s Guide.



Fierce has generously given us an e-book copy of Gigolo Seduction to give away!  All you have to do to enter is comment below!  Make sure you leave a valid email in the email field because that’s how we’ll contact you.  This contest will go on until Monday at 8pm Eastern!  A winner will be chosen by!  Good luck!  Due to content matter, this contest is only open to those 18 and older!

Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

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Misty graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a degree in English Literature. She is an avid reader and is the owner of The Top Shelf

13 thoughts on “Guest Blog & Giveaway: Fierce Dolan

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  • June 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I look forward to diving into some mezzofiction now! Thanks for the interview. I enjoyed it.

    • June 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      Thank you for being on my blog today Fierce! I loved having you! 🙂 We should do this again sometime!

  • June 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Awesome interview–I wanna be a metropolitan socialite cougar! Well, at least in my fantasy! 🙂

  • June 1, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Thanks, Misty! You are a great hostess!

    Ha, Kerry! Thanks for stopping by!

  • June 2, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I live in a mezzoworld, so I think I’ll like your books!

  • June 4, 2012 at 10:27 am

    This sounds very interesting, thanks for the opportunity

  • June 4, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Interesting read so far. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • June 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Congrats to Laura! You’ve won! I’ll contact you shortly with how to claim your prize 🙂

  • June 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Can’t wait! Thank you Misty and Fierce!

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