Here we are at the end of May already and I’ve still been crazy busy since my last news roundup at the end of February. So time for another quick run through what’s happened, what’s happening now and what’s going to happen in the future. ::whisks cloth dramatically from crystal ball::
Book four in the Red Dragon series came out, hot on the heels of book 3.
The Champion’s Secret, which I can best describe as sci-fi sports romance, spins of a character from Book 2 and gives him his happy ending. Can be read before book 3, or probably without reading any of the others at all, because, hey, I’m not the boss of you, am I? You do what you want!
It’s only two months into the year and a lot has happened already, so I feel it’s time for a news roundup of where everything is and what’s coming up from me in the next few months.
The third of the Red Dragon series is out now from Loose Id! Alyn and Jarvez reach the end of their story, but see the Coming Soon below for more news on the series.
Marriage should be a happy ending, but for Alyn and Jarvez it’s only the start of a new set of problems as grief and guilt stir deeply buried desires in Jarvez. Will wedded bliss prove to be a myth?
I like to give myself a bit of an overarching theme to a year, and this year is “finding my way out of the comfort zone.” I’m shaking things up a bit. While I’m a believer in trusting your process once you’ve found what works for you, there are times a shake up is useful. I think you should be prepared to look at what you’ve always done and ask if this is still working. Maybe it is, maybe it’s not. We all change over the years. Being prepared to adapt to the change is key.
Thanks to Teresa Morgan for inviting me to do this stop on the Writing Process blog tour. Check out Teresa’s post here. She’s obviously got this writing process malarkey cracked as she had her first novel published with Harper Impulse last year and the next is on its way. Meanwhile she recently had stories in anthologies from Harper Impulse. Check them out!
So on to my writing process.
You may think that romances are the story of two people (or sometimes more), but I’d contend that quite often one of the leads in the romance is the protagonist, even if the story is shared pretty equally between them in terms of page time, point of view etc.
In some stories that’s entirely intentional and obvious. I’ve read a romance book where one of the lovers died part way through, and it was actually someone else that the surviving character ends up having his happy ever after with. But it was still clearly a romance. Maybe you could say it simply started earlier in the life of that character than most romances do. The writer could have started the story when the lead met the man he ended up happy ever after with, and left the previous events as back story. But since that wasn’t the case, the book definitely became his story. We didn’t have any similar showing of the other lover’s back story.