Hi, everyone. Here’s this month’s question from the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
The short answer is that, for me, the story chooses its own shape and length. Now, sometimes I discover that I’ve gone down the wrong path. An idea that I thought would make a novel becomes a novella or a short story. Maybe that’s because I didn’t think it through far enough, but maybe that’s all it was ever meant to be from the start. In a few cases, I did a specific format and story line, but that was almost always for an anthology project and not my typical style.
One example was my Regency novella, Clytie’s Caller. I had the nugget of the story, and I knew what things I wanted to happen. However, it wasn’t enough to carry a full-length novel, even though it made a complete story cycle in a shorter form.
I’ve had the opposite experience as well, though. My debut novel, In The Eye of The Beholder, started out as a short story for my own amusement. However, the characters refused to be quiet, and I eventually had a full-length tale (and publishers in the UK and US).
The bottom line is that each author’s process is unique to them. Whether you decide in advance to write a steampunk novelette, or a full-length space opera just pops out of your pen, that’s okay. Do what works best for you.
Hi, everyone. After having nearly everything in my Smashwords catalog available free of charge for a full month, I’ve decided to change it up for a little bit. As of right now, I have left only my historical fiction in the promotion. The only exception is my Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes omnibus, as all of the included volumes are still listed separately.
If you have selected any of my titles, I hope you will write a review either in your blog or at your favorite review site. Thank you, as always. List of available titles, with direct links, below, in alphabetical order.
A Light Across the Lake – Return to Paris’ glamorous Opera Garnier, and the world of the award-winning “Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes” series! “A Light Across the Lake” is the tale of apprentice set builder Lucien Dubois, who is determined to see what lies in the fifth cellar. Will his exploration raise the ire of the infamous Opera Ghost?
Bayou Fire – Diana Corbett’s childhood was plagued by unceasing dreams of smoke and flames. The nightmares went away, until the noted travel writer’s first night on assignment in Louisiana … when they returned with a vengeance. Could the handsome Cajun, Amos Boudreaux, be the key to unlocking the secret of BAYOU FIRE?
Clytie’s Caller – Bath, 1816. Clytemnestra Preston has become so terrified of life that she refuses to leave her room. Not even her family can convince her to take her place in Society again. Doctor Samuel Whittington, late of His Majesty’s Army, may be her only chance for a cure … and romance. Can Sam convince Clytie to open the door, and her heart?
Down on the Corner of Love – Being a civil rights activist isn’t easy in rural Louisiana. Raine’s found herself ostracized and alone because she’s a woman who speaks her mind. Fed up, she leaves her country world behind for beautiful San Francisco. There, Raine meets a new best friend, Jo, who is free-spirited and living life to the fullest. But Jo’s in more danger than Raine realizes, “Down on the Corner of Love.”
Flowers of Europe – Thaddeus Flowers, American inventor and charming rake, is chasing adventure and romance across Europe. English scientist Arabella Abingdon is always one step ahead of him. Join the excitement in these steampunk-tinged historical tales that take you from Hyde Park to the Place des Vosges.
Hard-Boiled Blues – Two dead bodies. Two policemen, one in New Orleans and one in Memphis. Not all crimes have easy solutions in the Jim Crow South. It’s enough to make you sing the blues. Grab the final entry in “Pocketful of Stories” today!
His Beloved Infidel – Farukh and Catherine are colleagues at Paris’ World Language Institute. He is Persian; she is American. Can their newly-discovered love survive the strain of Iran’s Islamic Revolution?
In The Eye of The Beholder– When French equestrian Claire Delacroix loses her fiance in a tragic accident, she comes to live at the Paris Opera during its 1890s heyday. Whilst working at the opera, she meets a mysterious, masked stranger: Erik. Is it possible that the two of them will heal the pain of each other’s past? Updated for 2015 with glossaries of equestrian terms and French words used in the text.
In The Eye of The Storm – San Francisco, 1948. When a mysterious stranger approaches Clarice Kaye in her favorite restaurant, his words trigger a voyage of discovery: “You look just like your grandmother, but you have your mother’s eyes. There was only one question in Clarice’s mind: how could he know? Armed with family diaries that tell of the scandalous grandmother for whom she was named, Clarice embarks on a journey through Paris’ modern art movement, 1906 San Francisco, and the depths of the Opéra Garnier in this long-awaited sequel to “In The Eye of The Beholder.” “In The Eye of The Storm” is the 2015 Silver Medal winner for best fan fiction in the Global eBook Awards.
It Happened in Memphis – Evie Boudreaux has a knack for seeing history in action. Why? Because she sees ghosts. Come along on a visit to Tupelo and Memphis, and see the earliest days of rock music through Evie’s eyes! Buy “It Happened in Memphis,” Pocketful of Stories No. 7, today!
Last Stop: Storyville – Riding a New Orleans streetcar is an everyday occurrence for Tulane freshman Jimmy Arceneaux (“Bayou Fire”). But one evening, things are different. Find out how in “Last Stop: Storyville.”
Through the Opera Glass – Author Sharon E. Cathcart took up a challenge in 2012: to write flash fiction and full length short stories based on various prompts. Each story features one or more characters from “In The Eye of The Beholder: A Novel of the Phantom of the Opera” or its sequel, “In The Eye of The Storm.” Brimming with historical detail, the stories in this collection range in place and time from 19th Century Persia to post-World War II San Francisco. “Through the Opera Glass” was the runner-up for “Best Short Story Collection” in the 2014 eFestival of Words Independent Book Awards.
Two Days in June – Starvation. Fear. Fighting in the streets. It’s June 1832, and Paris is once again at war. The students of the Sorbonne rise up against those in power, believing that right and the people are on their side. But King Louis-Philippe has other plans.
Yellowjack and the River Man – Yellow fever. Voodoo queen Marie Laveau. A long-lost relative’s homecoming. The Underground Railroad. All of them are part of Alcide Devereaux’s (“Bayou Fire”) continuing story. See what adventures come his way in “Yellowjack and the River Man.”
Hi, everyone. The Authors Give Back promotion on Smashwords has been extended through May 31, 2020, and I decided to continue participating.
This means that you can get almost all of my eBooks free of charge until the end of May. The one exception is Hugs and Hisses. which benefits Humane Society Silicon Valley; that book is discounted, so I still have some modest royalties to give them.
Visit my Smashwords profile to make your selections. You’ll find formats for any eReader, or to read on-line. Thank you!
Click here: Sharon E. Cathcart’s books on Smashwords
Hi, everyone. I decided to participate in the Authors Give Back promotion via Smashwords. All of my books are free except “Hugs and Hisses,” which is heavily discounted. The reason it’s not free is that I donate all of my royalties to Humane Society Silicon Valley and I would like them to get something.
So, why am I doing this? Because so many people are hurting. Because times are difficult. Because libraries are shuttered to help prevent spread of the coronavirus. Because it’s something small that I can do to help. So, starting today and running until April 20, you can find the selections at the link below. All I ask is that you consider leaving a review at your favorite site.