Wednesday, 23 May 2012
Wednesday 23 May 2012
Here is a picture of my latest Pocket Novel - Love Triumphant, out last Thursday.
Steve Baxter disappears while interior designer Lizzie Hilton is doing the refurbishment of his property. His brother todd suspects Lizzie of being involved romantically with Steve who is due to come into an inheritance on his marriage. When it turns out Lizzie is also one of the last people to see Steve before he disappears her troubles really begin. Especially when she is fighting her attraction for Todd.
I don't know how other people write their pocket novels but if anyone is interested in my methods, I am definietly a 'panster'. I start by creating cv's for my character. I cut pictures out of magazines, supplements, newspapers etc. Then I give them a star sign which helps with characteristics. Each chaacter has an A4 page citing their details and a picture.
I put the details in a ring binder file. If I have a house that I like I put that in too. Then I think up a scenario - a job or a place that throws them all together. then I invent problems. I give everyone a secret in their past which I may or may not use, e.g. was once engaged to two girls at the same time; wrote an anonymous love letter to a boy at school. It helps me put flesh on my characters. I also think about what they did the week before the story begins.
Then I sit down at the keyboard and grind out my 50,000 words.
I don't go back to the beginning but once I am finished I re-write several times.
I like a dash of humour in my stories and I definitely like my heroes and heroines to have faults. In real life no one is perfect so why should a story be different?
I do draw on my memories from working at an international airport for 18 years, then as a health care receptionist. Ideas were virtually handed to me on a plate as I sat on the front desk.
So there you have it. We've all had interesting lives and every day we come across a situation that can be used. Never let any experience go to waste. Keep a notebook and eavesdrop shamelessly on conversations. Supermarket queues and bus stops are a wonderful source of ideas.
I have just had to sell up a family property and I think I have enough materail from that experience to keep me going for years.
Home some of my tips prove useful.