So, you want to write a romance, but what type are you interested in? I’m doing this in several parts as there are many types to cover.
Fantasy and Paranormal
I’ve added these two together as they can be closely related. They tend to have some sort of fancy element. This can be anything from vampires and shifters to angels and witches. Unicorns, stories based around fairy-tales or myths. It’s an endless supply.
These types of books can be set in the modern world, historical or even on a different plant. Whatever you decide you must world-build before even considering writing anything. You want the world to be believable. I’m planning two paranormal series which I hope to begin writing next year. At the moment, I’m world-building. I’m getting the main details sorted well in advance. If you don’t, you’ll not have a reference point to refer back too. Remember those readers? They’ll be spotting any problems.
Next, consider your characters. Clothes must match the mood. If they have powers, what are they? Weak points too. No one is perfect.
The layout of the ground. Social interaction – it all needs to be covered. The types of technology, the history the of place. Hierarchy. It’s your world do what you want but pass the info onto your readers. If to confusing they’ll close the book. Intrigue them. But, don’t overload them in one big go. Spread it out and bring the info in as needed.
Explain the species you have imagined. The flora and fauna. Give your readers an idea of the world but hold back and let their own imagination take hold. What do your characters want? Is there a back story? If you add a war, mention how it started. Why? Are your main characters the good guys from the start or will they grow into the role? It all needs to be covered.
And if you are still unsure – go and read a few romance fantasies. Learn how other authors branch into the subject. It’s a big area, one you need to know inside out.
Yeah, I got the cover I wanted for the first in my Hunter’s series. By the way, that’s not the actual series title, just shortened stand-in. Don’t want to give too much away.
It’s stunning and I’d like to thank Kim at Atlantis designs for producing the prefect premade.
I’ve also got a second cover to match another premade I fell in love with. It was a standalone, but now a series of two – but will that change? Another thank you to Moorcrooft designs, who will hopefully deliver the latest cover to my collection tomorrow. They are going to match the typo and remove the border. The colour base is blue. Going to be a fab series.
Plots are outlined for all of the three above books, but the Fareoius trilogy must come first. I’m close to three quarters through the first edit of the first book. Hope to get that over to my editor by July. A month behind.
I’m nearly 20,000 into the second book, after deleting the whole 21,000 words last week. But it’s stronger and better.
And last but not least. Not been a bad month fore sales. So, a big thank you to my newest readers. Enjoy.
The main reason was because I get to keep full control of my book. Yes, I have to hire an editor, cover designers, find arc readers – all done by publishers if traditionally published, but I don’t have someone telling me to change the story, give the characters different names. I even know authors who are told to change the book’s name.
My editor is brilliant. I can fly ideas across her. She points out plot faults and problems. Makes comments on what needs changing, but at the end of the day, I make the final decision – usually I accept them all, she knows what’s she doing. Believe me, editoring isn’t easy.
Covers, which I’ve done myself, are now professionally done, apart from one series and that might change. The designer’s I use know what they are doing and the covers you’ll see coming through soon are great. If it’s not premade, they listen to what you want.
And the title remains the same. Characters I’ve grown to love aren’t changed. The book I put out there is the novel I wanted too. Just a hell of a lot better than my first draft.
I’m not dishing traditionally published books, they are just as good. But the time for Indie authors is growing. Give us a go. You can approach us just as easy, we don’t bite. We’ve just a friendly bunch who have stories to tell and will fight to do it.
Yeah! I’ve sent Falling for Katie through to Amazon review. Release date will be 19th April 2019 – that’s Good Friday. My Easter present to you all.
So, how about a cover? All done too.
This romantic suspense will keep you turning the pages.
Running a business isn’t as easy as it appears, which is something Katie Gowen figures out when she opens a flower nursery.
While on a delivery she’s snowed in at the hotel and must delay her return journey. When she can leave she crashes. Found with amnesia, she is held against her will. With no leads the police are stumped, and her parents call in a private investigator.
Finlay Gallach never wanted to return to Gretna. Bad memories still plague him, and he still carries the scars from a painful childhood. However, as he opens the email, which asks him to help with Katie’s case, his heart pounds at the photo of the woman. With no choice but to return, Finlay realises his own heart cannot be saved.
Can Katie be saved? Will her memory return and what about the boyfriend she already has?
Read their story as it unfolds with twists you won’t see coming.
Nearly a year after publishing my first book, I’ve learnt so much.
A lot of googling, Facebook groups/friends and twitter friends, have made me improve so much. Marketing still scares me, but not as much. Books have sold, reviews have appeared – most are good too. That takes a bit to get used too.
I’ve still got a lot to learn, but my writing is now stronger an better. So here’s to my next release.