Hello lovelies! (And gentlemen!) I know you enjoyed our Back to School Bash! Which means you all are reading some awesome books written by the incredible authors of the Inspy blog. And reading is what I want to talk to you about today, but first-I just have to share-because…………
It’s release day! Squee!!! Thank you so much for your support and encouragement as I’ve traveled this road to publishing with Harlequin. It’s exciting and fun and I’m loving every minute of this journey with you all!
But you are probably wondering, what is RE day? I’m so glad you asked.
RE Day is twofold–RElease day for my book–and REader input request day!
And I know you all will be so helpful to me with my request.
I’m teaching a workshop at the Moonlight and Magnolia conference hosted by the Georgia Romance Writers. The workshop is titled, Writing for the Inspirational Market-and I would love your input please.
Part of the workshop will be focused on reader’s expectations regarding inspirational novels. So of course, I’d love to share what you, the awesome readers of Inspy blog, have to say regarding this topic. And it’s a great topic.
What you love-what disappoints. And honestly, as writers, we need to know the good AND the bad. As a writer I want you, the readers, to fall in love with my characters and my story. And I want the ending to be satisfactory with all loose threads tied up. Which begs the question of cliff-hangers-right?
So, let’s start off with cliff-hangers? Do you love them? Or not? What do you think of an ending that is prompting you to buy a second book? How much resolution do you want which will lead you to joyfully buy the next book in the series?
We know with romance we want a happy ending with the hero and the heroine-That’s a given. BUT-what about if an aspect of the story doesn’t end happily? Is a realistic, yet maybe not happy, ending okay? As in an illness or healing of a secondary character, or someone who doesn’t line up the way they probably should?
Have you read a story where a story thread wasn’t finished? And there is no promise of a sequel? This may seem like a strange thing to bring up, but as an author, I do look for threads in my story that I may not have fleshed out. I probably miss some. Do you see this often?
As writers we hear “never kill the dog.” Or any pet. Is this true? Is there a time where the death of a pet will be okay with readers?
The workshop is geared to inspirational stories. Are there spiritual threads you do/don’t want to read about? Someone who isn’t a believer then becomes one? Someone who is, but transgresses back to an old life, then realizes their mistake?
There so many aspects we can bring up, but I’ll leave that up to you–the amazing readers. In the comment section let me know what you love and can be disappointed by while reading a novel. Touch on the aspects I’ve mentioned above, or share your own aspects.
I’ll be choosing someone from the comment section to receive a $10 amazon gift card! (So you can purchase a good book, of course!)
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Thank you for all your input always! It’s a joy hanging out with you.