What I Learned Writing Tangled Memories

Tangled MemoriesWriting my Gothic romance Tangled Memories was a leap of faith for me at a time in my life when I needed a leap of faith.

 History

I rewrote the first version after disappointing contest results. The second version became a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart contest. I “sold” it to one of the first e-presses in 1999 before the advent of decent e-readers. That didn’t go so well, because no one used e-books back then.

Later I contracted with ImaJinn Books for a paperback version. Once I had my rights back again, I contracted with The Wild Rose Press for a few years. Today Tangled Memories is with its fourth publisher Turquoise Morning Press.

Tangled Memories can be purchased in paperback at Amazon.com and is available in various e-book formats including Kindle.

I am giving away three paperback copies of Tangled Memories on Goodreads.

What I learned

Tangled Memories taught me that a book can be “re-purposed.” Once you have good content, you can re-write, re-edit and re-use it.

I also learned I liked to write first person. It feels natural to me. My writing voice is strong when I write using the first person “I.”

Gothic Romance

From Infoplease.com: Gothic romance is a type of novel that flourished in the late 18th and early 19th cent. in England. Gothic romances were mysteries, often involving the supernatural and heavily tinged with horror, and they were usually set against dark backgrounds of medieval ruins and haunted castles.

During the 1960s so-called Gothic novels became enormously popular in England and the United States. Seemingly modeled on Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, these novels usually concern spirited young women, either governesses or new brides, who go to live in large gloomy mansions populated by peculiar servants and precocious children and presided over by darkly handsome men with mysterious pasts. Popular practitioners of this genre are Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, Catherine Cookson, and Dorothy Eden.

As a fan of old-fashioned Gothic romance, I realized I needed to write more such books. Timeless is my newest Gothic romance, and maybe the best book I’ve written to date. Check it out.

 

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