Monday, July 13, 2015

The Author's Craft: To Use or Not to Use Backstory

Explain your Story without using Backstory

What is Backstory?
Backstory is everything that happens before the action in your story begins. It's good because it can be an effective way to add meaning and depth to your characters. It's evil because it can also slow down your story.

Have No Fear!
You do not need to eliminate backstory to keep your story moving. Just know when it's necessary... sometimes there may be another method that would be more effective.
Not Everything Needs ExplainingMake sure your backstory matters. Not everything needs to be explained to readers. There may be many things you know about your character that you don't need to share. Allow readers to use thier imagination when possible. They just don't need to know details that don't impact the present story. 
Mix in Small DetailsUse dialogue to relay information by making it part of the conversation or observations. Place past details throughout the present story. A habit, a misstep or a flash memory can speak volumes about your character without slowing down the story. 
Stay In The PresentTell the backstory as part of the present story. Make an important event occur at the beginning of the story as opposed to in the past. Have on character tell another character about a past event in the present so it becomes part of the story.
Sometimes... Backstory is Best.
All good stories have a backstory. Backstory makes the setting of a story feel real and gives your characters a larger presence. And, honestly, there are just some times is darn simpler to throw down the facts (this is the exception, not the rule!)
Why use Backstory?• Backstory can set the background for the present story.
• Backstory can provide a fuller picture of your character.
• Backstory can build an emotional connection with readers.
• Backstory can increase suspense in some circumstances.
Like many aspects of writing, backstory is a balancing act. Being aware of backstory is the most important step in controlling your use of it. Considering other ways to provide past information first will allow for a balanced story with good flow. Knowing what information needs to be shared will prevent you from littering your story with useless details.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Paloma's SUMMER READS include books by @DebraKayn @_JessicaClare @JenSFred

I have two favorite series from my summer reading so far. While two very different worlds, both series were intense, a bit dark and quite sexy.

The MoRoad MC & The Hitman Series

The MoRoad MC series by Debra Kayn reveals the raw internal workings of a motorcycle club that keeps more than half their members inside the prison system to maintain control over illegal activity. It's dark, intense but always ends with at least a happy-for-now.

 Wrapped Around Him (Moroad Motorcycle Club, #1)  |  For Life (Moroad Motorcycle Club, #2)  |  His Crime (Moroad Motorcycle Club, #3) 

This series closely resembled the first mc series I ever read with what appears to be a more realistic depiction of the lifestyle. It was intense and I never knew what was going to happen. I was hooked and so glad I had time to read them all back-to-back! 

The Hitman series by Jessica Clare & Jen Frederick is dark, contemporary romances about assassins and the women they fall for. These stories are intense, grim, and not for the faint of heart (but always have a happy-ever-after).

 Last Hit (#1)  |  Last Gift (#1.5)  |  Last Breath (#2)  |  
Last Hit: Reloaded (#2.5)  |  Last Kiss (#3)  |  Last Hope (#4) 

This series was action-packed and filled with nail-biting suspense. It was also crazy hot... I had no idea the Russian accent could be so sexy! These may be best enjoyed on audio. Yum!

Tell Me What You're Reading This Summer.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

COME HOME for the #FreedomHop & #WIN #FREE Books!

Authors Celebrate Our Freedom...
to Live. Love. and Read.

It seems like the perfect time to celebrate romance of all flavors, all types. With nearly thirty authors participating, by hopping to each blog you'll get a sampling of different romance genres.

I'm highlighting my contemporary romances, the Home series.
Rachel Porter, a romance writer, has told her three sons tales of finding their true soul mate since they were just boys.  She lives with the belief that there is but one match for every person.  Now as men, they have yet to discover their soul mates.  That is, until they come home…

Ryan Porter, Rachel’s oldest son, needs a change from his busy city lifestyle.  After five years of living in New York and establishing his own real estate firm, something is still missing.  When a family tragedy brings Ryan back to his family’s rural home, he meets Tyra.  She just might be the catalyst for the change he needs, redirecting the course of his life.  But first he must accept his relationship with his parents and embrace Tyra’s secrets.

NEVER COMING HOME (Book 1.5, novella)
I have a story to tell, a story I promised never to tell. Hell, it isn't even one I wanted to live through. I just can't keep it inside anymore... now that they're both gone. I have to tell My Story.

Rachel Porter tells her sons about the love of her life, about their father and about their life together. This novella tells the story of the beginning of the Porter family through the Vietnam War, too many losses and a new beginning. It's a tale her sons won't forget, and one that could change them for all time.

Coming Soon!
Henry Porter, Rachel’s youngest son, has always been there when she needed him most.  When his father dies unexpectedly, Henry finds himself searching for more meaning to his life.  He wonders if he's really lived - not having gone off to explore the world like his brothers - and he begins taking risks he'd never before considered.  But one call from home brings him back to save the only woman he's ever wanted to be his forever.

one of these two books already released.

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