The Rest of the Story

When I reach the end of a novel, sometimes I wonder what happens next.  Where’s the rest of the story?  Do you ever feel that way?  Some endings seem abrupt – like the author reached their word count and quit writing.

I’m a big fan of the Epilogue chapter that covers the rest of the story.   You’ll notice all my books have an epilogue.  Even if those characters appear in subsequent books, I like to wrap up some more details for the reader.   The definition of an epilogue is “a literary device used to add insight into developments once the major plot is over – an afterword”.

Maybe I’m not giving the reader enough credit and I should leave some mystery surrounding the events that happen after the main plot is over?  Let the reader decide for themselves if the happy couple has kids, embarks on new career paths, moves to a new locale and so on.  As the reader, if you don’t want to know the rest of the story, then simply don’t read the epilogue!  I’m just saying…

Novel vs. Novella

According to Merriam-Webster, a novella is a work of fiction intermediate in length and complexity between a short story and a novel.

In this busy world, where people’s attention spans are getting shorter, would they rather read a novel or a novella?  What format would you rather read?

I ask because I’m considering trying my hand at writing a novella as my next project.

Thoughts?

Favorite New Author

I discovered Sally Thorne just by chance.  Her first book, The Hating Game, got lots of great reviews, so I read it.

I couldn’t put it down!  The 2 main characters, Lucy and Joshua, think they hate each other.  But there’s a fine line between love and hate.  I laughed out loud several times as these two combat with each other.  The author creates tremendous sexual tension making you want to keep reading to see what happens next.

Her second book will be available in January, 2019.

The Blue Bomber

Matt buys Samantha a bicycle in Second Chances.  She didn’t have a typical childhood, so this is her first bicycle.

The inspiration for Samantha’s bicycle is my own bike, The Blue Bomber.  I’ve ridden many miles while working out a plot issue or developing a character for my books.  Bike riding gives me time to think and enjoy nature.  Maybe you should try it!

 

Characters I’ve Met

This is going to sound a little like the Twilight Zone, but I’ve met some of my characters in real life…

We were sitting in our seats in an airplane and a lady sat down in our row.  I couldn’t believe it, but she was exactly as I had imagined Paige from Taking Chances.  When we deplaned I asked my husband if the lady sitting in our row reminded him of anyone and he said “Yes, Paige”.

Another time we were sitting at the gate waiting for our plane.  My husband leaned over and said, “Here comes Meghan.”  I looked up and there was Meghan from Lasting Chances.  She was tall, athletic and had a long braid – again, she was exactly as I imagined her.

Ancillary Characters – Bruiser the dog

I really enjoy creating different pets for my main characters.  Being a dog lover and owner, I find developing dogs as realistic characters to to be easy.

Bruiser from Taking Chances was inspired by a stop at a gas station.  We were filling up our car and a man stepped out of a pickup truck.  A huge dog hung his head out of the window with slobber running off his jowls.  The man reached in the back end, pulled out a towel and began wiping slobber from the dogs face.  It was really funny!

Bruiser and his slobber problem was born.  You can find all kinds of inspiration from real life.

 

 

My Favorite Author

I discovered author Susan Elizabeth Phillips several years ago and have read every one of her books.  She writes quirky characters with lots of tension between the hero and heroine.  A perfect blend!

Although all her books are great, I have two favorites that stand out:

  1. It Had to Be You – I love Phoebe and Dan who prove that opposites do attract!  Book 1 in the Chicago Stars series (you should read them all!)
  2. Kiss An Angel – Daisy captures your heart after reading only a couple of pages.  It took me a little longer to warm up to Alex, but when I did, I was cheering these two on for a happy ever after.