Welcome to January’s Birthday Blog, with a post – or maybe more – a day for your entertainment and fun :).
Today’s guest is LILLIAN FRANCIS. Please show your appreciation for the post if you enjoy it, and all the author’s links are below for you to take forward. Watch every day for any Rafflecopter giveaways, and don’t forget there’s ALSO a Grand Prize Draw at the end of the month for ONE lucky commenter.
Many thanks for dropping in, and have a great January!
Two little words. But their importance to a manuscript can’t be ignored.
When, as an author, do you finally type those words?
Your story has a natural end point but there is only an implied HEA. It’s too soon for declarations of forever, rings, or moving in together. There is no storyline that could comfortably take the guys to any of these places.
What do you do?
An epilogue may help. This can take place somewhere further down the line to show they are moving forward with their relationship. However an epilogue needs to have a purpose and be in some way connected to the rest of the story. Try jumping forward to something that they have discussed in the main body of the story: visiting parents in a foreign country, climbing Ben Nevis, camping at Glastonbury. With Christmas stories a leap forward to the next year showing us how things have changed is always good.
Got nothing suitable for an epilogue?
How about a snippet for your website. Or a freebie short if your snippet has a tendency to get out of control.
A snippet can do the same job as an epilogue but without some of the restrictions.
The snippet doesn’t need to be connected to the events in the original story either, so you can show your guys doing anything you want: celebrating Christmas together, skydiving, proposing.
Having a break between writing the main story and the snippet will give you time to decide if there is anywhere else you want to take the guys next. Is there a sequel in their future? Sequels are a pain if you’ve already written a timejumping, HEA, love-you-forever epilogue.
Snippets can further the relationship but won’t impact on that damn near perfect closing line that you finished your story on in the same way that an epilogue would.
Damn it, that snippet has gotten out of control
Yes, you’ve got a notebook full of storylines begging to be written, but the couple you thought you’d put to bed aren’t finished yet.
Have they got another story to tell? Consider this before you decide to add the epilogue where you jump three years into the future to see them get married, even though they’ve only known each other three weeks in the main story. Unwriting yourself out of future events isn’t easy.
Maybe they don’t have another story but one of the side characters wants his share of the limelight. Can you catch up with the guys then? Readers like to see a familiar face or catch up with an existing couple, especially when their part in the storyline wouldn’t fill a whole book without unnecessary angst. Plus we get to see our favourite couple from someone else’s POV, which is always interesting.
That’s just a few ways of keeping readers in touch with their favourite characters.
As a reader, how far do you think an author should go with the story and what is your favourite method for catching up with characters?
Lillian’s latest release is New Lease of Life from Dreamspinner Press.
Phillip used to laugh a lot, back when his friends called him Pip. However the good deed that left him hospitalized not only marred his body, it stripped him of his good humor too. Ever since, he has pushed his friends away and shut out the world. Donating his vintage clothing to a charity shop should have been the final act in a year-long campaign to sever the links with the man Pip used to be, but the stranger on his doorstep awakens feelings in Pip that he hasn’t experienced since the incident that left him angry at the world and reliant on the cold metal of the hideous hospital-issue crutch.
Colby forces his way into Pip’s life, picking at the scab of his past. Colby isn’t interested in Pip’s money or his expensive address. He has only one goal: to make Pip smile again. With every moment in Pip’s presence, Colby chips away at the walls Pip has built around himself. Pip knows it’s impossible to fight his attraction with Colby’s sunny disposition casting light into the darkness in his soul.
About the Author
Lillian Francis. Author of gay romance. Happy Endings guaranteed. Eventually.
Lillian Francis is an English writer who likes to dabble in many genres but always seems to return to the here and now.
Her name may imply a grand dame in pink chiffon and lace, but Lillian is more at home in jeans, Converse, and the sort of T-shirts that often need explaining to the populous at large but will get a fist bump at Comic-Con. Lillian is a self-confessed geek who likes nothing more than settling down with a comic or a good book, except maybe writing. Given a notepad, pen, her Kindle, and an infinite supply of chocolate Hob Nobs and she can lose herself for weeks. Romance was never her reading matter of choice, so it came as a great surprise to all concerned, including herself, to discover a romance was exactly what she’d written, and not the rollicking spy adventure or cosy murder mystery she always assumed she’d write. Luckily there is always room for romance no matter what plot bunny chooses to bite her, so never say never to either of those stories appearing.
Lillian lives in an imposing castle on a windswept desolate moor or in an elaborate shack on the edge of a beach somewhere, depending on her mood. And while she’d love for the heroes of her stories to either be chained up in the dungeon or wandering the shack serving drinks in nothing but skimpy barista aprons more often than not they are doing something far less erotic like running charity shops and shovelling elephant shit.
Drawn to the ocean, although not in a Reginald Perrin sort of way, she would love to own a camper van and to live by the sea.
Follow the month’s posts at your leisure:
Jan 01: RJ Scott on her inspiration for a new series in 2016.
Jan 01: Temple Dragon on giving for free during December.
Jan 02: Chrissy Munder on an author’s passion for paper planners.
Jan 03: Meredith Russell on inspirational cop series.
Jan 04: Becky Black on her five-year anniversary as an author.
Jan 05: Alexa Milne on characters stepping outside their comfort zone.
Jan 06: Sandra Lindsey on her dancing shoes challenge.
Jan 07: Anne Barwell on her WWII trilogy at Dreamspinner Press.
Jan 08: Elin Gregory on reviews – past, present and future.
Jan 09: Eli Easton on mature heroes and our life choices.
Jan 10: Julie Moffett on the geek in us all.
Jan 11: Jaime Samms and the rewards of an online life.
Jan 12: LC Chase on paying kindness forward.
Jan 12: EM Lynley on the recipes that add taste to her books.
Jan 13: Nicki J Markus on falling in love with her characters.
Jan 14: Vicktor Alexander on giving thanks to friends and fans.
Jan 16: Joanna Chambers on the spark of joy from reading and writing romance.
Jan 17: Jordan Castillo Price on esteem-building New Year do-overs.