Presenting Mr. Morgan

by Pepper on January 29, 2011

I’m currently trying my hand at writing a novella. Planned length about 16,000 words. I’ve written a couple of 60,000-word novels and I’ve written (and sold) some shorties in the 5,000 – 10,000 word range. As you can imagine, the pacing and level of character development is vastly different between the two types of stories.

In the full-length stories, it was always critical to create heroes who really came alive for me as the story progressed. If I couldn’t fall in love with the hero, how would my heroine? How would my readers? So I based my heroes on real-life, hot leading men, and consequently developed short-lived crushes on those actors for the duration of writing the story that starred them.

But when I wrote the shorties, I was surprised to find I didn’t need to picture my hero as a three-dimensional guy. The story was more about the action of a single scene, almost a vignette if you will, where the reader can feel free to plug in the hunk of her choice as she reads. I really have no clue what those guys even look like.

Imagine my surprise then, when I got to the middle part of my novella and realized I needed to develop my hero – Zack Cranston – into a real guy in order to explore the theme of his personal growth as he falls for the lovely Rose. You wouldn’t think that 16,000 words would require that much more than 9,000 words in the way of character development, but apparently it does.

The other night I happened to watch a so-so romance movie called The Accidental Husband, starring Uma Thurman and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. It was a pleasant diversion, though I never did buy into the chemistry between Uma and Jeff. But Jeff himself? Hello! One gorgeous example of American Hero Hunk. If you haven’t Googled Mr. Morgan, I suggest you do yourself a favor and take a peek at some images. He’s about to star in my novella, The Naked Chef. Stay tuned.

– Pepper

Let’s read something spicy!”

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Cinquetta February 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Hi Pepper what type of theme/genre is the story? Is it interracial? When is big release date? Have you pick out the book cover?

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Pepper February 3, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Hi again Cinquetta: The working title for the novella is The Naked Chef. It’s an erotic straight contemporary, not interracial. I haven’t sold the story yet, so there is no release date. I’m hoping Evernight Publishing will be interested, since they bought two of my shorter stories. They do really wonderful covers. I haven’t yet written an interracial story, but the idea does interest me. Maybe next time. Thanks for your comment.

– Pepper

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