Tuesday, June 2, 2015

E.M. Bryant Loves Shorties

If you didn't know, I write under two pen names. Lana Moon is my *published* paranormal/suspense romance lady name. She is divine, in my humble opinion, but she's going to delve into YA territory later this summer!

But E.M. Bryant came first. She is the creation of the diary trilogy, as well as some short stories. One short story, His Wrath Her Honor, was pulled earlier this year so that it can be revised and reissued.

Short stories, if I'm perfectly honest, are where my heart is these days. And I'm a firm believer that a good, strong story can be well under 100 pages...IF the plot is good and the characters believable.

Size, in my eyes, doesn't matter. It's all about plot and characters.

In today's world, it's becoming harder to find the commitment time for an epic novel. I'll get through 1 or 2 novels a year. The rest are novellas and short stories. Time--that is the key word.

So, I find myself in familiar territory now. I'm revising a story to give depth to the characters. I'm simplifying the plot. I'm making the main characters more reachable and less over-the-top. I'm learning that genuinity trumps larger than life in these short tales. And I have readers to thank for that.

As a writer, it can be difficult to see those negative reviews. But if you're going to be any kind of a success, sometimes you need to hear the harsh truth and plan accordingly. I'll admit as a writer that I'm not objective with my own work. I don't know many who are, in all honestly. I send a draft to my editor thinking "This is fucking gold! Try and find an problem!" ... and then am immediately humbled by the dashes of red ink all over the pages.

I think this is called perspective.

At any rate, it's summer. I need to write something lighter than the trilogy. This is a perfect time to get His Wrath Her Honor revised and ready for a re-boot.

If you're unfamiliar, check out the synopsis below, as well as the BRAND NEW COVER!!!

Nick is convinced he's living someone else's life. He hates the town he's been left to run. He hates the mundane existence that has become his world.  He spends his days boozing and throwing punches. The last thing he wants is to feel anything but malice.

Lonely Simone's only wish is to live in peace in the sleepy town of River Hollow. Not an easy feat when Nick Banes is your boss.  And when Simone accidentally reveals her broken heart to Nick, his intrigue quickly becomes an obsession.

Nick decides he wants Simone to feel love again...but with him. And he'll do whatever it takes to win her over.


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