Thursday, June 28, 2012

Magic Thursday: An Offer I Couldn't Refuse


by Janni Nell
The email was unexpected. Would I like to write an Allegra Fairweather novella for an anthology to mark the second anniversary of Carina Press? I thought about it for – oh, at least a nanosecond. Heck, yeah!

One tiny problem: I had to write a synopsis up front, something I’d never done before until a manuscript was completed. Lots of head to desk action followed. How could I come up with a synopsis, when I never knew where a story was going until I wrote The End? Well, since the plots of the Allegra books are strongly influenced by their location, I decided that working out the setting was the first step. I began scouring the globe for inspiration. Nothing leaped out at me until I got to Spain. Inquisition, torture and mad monks – Bingo! I wrote a synopsis and it was accepted. I then had 3-4 months to write the novella. Seemed like plenty of time until I was bowled a bouncer – extensive edits for another novel. They took a whole month!

If you’re counting, you’ll realise I now had 2-3 months to write the novella. That’s not too bad, assuming you can actually follow your synopsis. Oh dear. The muse began to lead me astray. I’m a great believer in listening to the muse so I took hold of her hand and followed her down a very slippery slope. When we were done, I believed we had a great story, even if it didn’t quite match the synopsis. Anyway the deadline was upon me. I submitted the novella and held my breath.

My editor liked it. Okay, there was the small matter of coming up with a new synopsis, but the manuscript didn’t need massive edits. (Sigh of relief.)

Would I work like that again? Doing a synopsis first? Well, funny thing, I’ve just put together a synopsis and three chapters for a new Allegra novel. Looks like it’s the way of the future for me. Or maybe not. We’ll see.


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Carina Press Presents: Editor’s Choice Volume II

Carina Press (June 4, 2012)
Order: Kindle | Nook | Carina Press

In honor of our second anniversary, Carina Press brings you four gripping novellas by some of genre fiction’s hottest voices! Explore interstellar space, get caught up in a caper, dabble in the paranormal and solve a murder aboard a cruise ship in this collection of stories reflecting the variety of our books!

Edited by Deborah Nemeth, this anthology includes:
DEAD CALM by Shirley Wells
DANCE OF FLAMES by Janni Nell
NO MONEY DOWN by Julie Moffett
PYRO CANYON by Robert Appleton

Stories also available for purchase separately.

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One lucky commenter will win a digital copy of Dance of Flames by Janni Nell.



12 comments:

  1. What a great email to receive, Janni! And LOL I so hear you on having to write a synopsis before the book is done. It's pure torture! Huge congrats on the release of Dance of Flames!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Christina. I'll have to stop whining about writing synopses before a book is finished. The synopsis and partial for the next Allegra novel has just been accepted.

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  2. Congratulations on the release of Dance of Flames! It sounds like writing it was an adventure in itself.

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    1. Hi Peta

      Thanks for stopping by. Yep, you could definitely call writing D of F an adventure. :-)

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  3. What a great email to read, congrats! =)

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  4. I've always thought writing a novel would be a lot of fun, but it just seems so intimidating with everything that has to be done. I admire anyone who can compile a great storyline in that short amount of time.

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  5. Congratulations, Janni. Kudos to you for them seeking you out! Well done. :) And well done on successfully facing the challenge of stepping outside your comfort zone and writing a synopsis first.

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  6. This is so cool, Janni. Congratulations. Looking forward to adding another Allegra story to my list.

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  7. Well done on putting DOF together under pressure, Janni! The turnaround time on these novellas was tricky, I have to admit. It was a first for me too, the whole synopsis first thing! Luckily I had a story I'd been wanting to write for years, so the Pyro Canyon synopsis came together quickly, but even so, it was heart-in-mouth time until Deb gave it the green light.

    You're doing fantastically well with your Allegra series and I'm proud to be a part of this anthology with you.

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  8. Hi Serix, writing is both fun and hard work. Despite the tough times, I can't imagine a better job.

    Hi Sandy & Eleni, thanks for dropping by.

    Right back atcha, Robert. Such a thrill to be included in the anthology with you, Shirley & Julie.

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  9. HI Janni,
    What a fanastic offer to receive - even with a tight deadline that got tighter! And you must be getting good at synopses, even if your stories deviate a little :)

    Good luck with Allegra!

    Cath

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