Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Exploring Possibilities

“Every writer has to figure out what works best - and often has to select and discard different tools before they find the one that fits.”
~Nora Roberts

In this month’s Romance Writers Report, a feature interview with Harlequin editor Beverly Sotolov discusses their new line, Harlequin Everlasting Love.

She writes: “The series is open to a wide range of plots and situations; each story requires a significant conflict that creates urgency, excitement, and momentum. Structurally, there are many more options--interesting and nonlinear ways of organizing the story--than the traditional series romance typically allows. The narrative can start at any point, can include diaries or letters, can move freely back and forth in time, etc…”

Seems like an interesting, if challenging, idea. I’ve never targeted a Harlequin line because I don’t think of my novels as category, per se. I’ve picked up a couple in the past and not been totally impressed (sorry). I just think single-titles have more power and complexity; they’re more interesting to read. For me, anyway.

But I might go back and take a look at one of my earlier works and see if it might fit this new Everlasting Love line. Always have to explore the possibilities, right?

6 shopping days 'til Christmas - yikes! Anyone have any cool stocking stuffer ideas?


Judy said...

Allie, your 24 hours book sounds like it might fit... have you thought of trying that? It definitely (imho) has "significant conflict that creates urgency, excitement, and momentum".

Judy said...

oh... btw... stocking stuffers... this year I think I'm stocking up on lottery tickets as one of the things I put in stockings... about $5/person. Another thing I've done in the past is look for retro things... slinkies, those candy-stick things with heads (I've gone brain-dead... blame it on the blonde roots.)

Allie Boniface said...

My 24-hour book is the one I was thinking of, actually. The only thing is that I might have to change the 24-hour idea, even though the H/H relationship covers a 10+ year period. But I'm thinking Harlequin might not like the idea of a novel that takes place in one day if they're trying to focus on "everlasting love." But we'll see.