I get a giddy thrill every time someone tells me they’ve dug one (or both) of my two new releases.
And I feel bad when I get the a few complaints that the work is too short to enjoy.
I understand, I do. I love reading longer books. I love spending tens of thousands of words with characters and their stories. My favourite books are almost always super long novels.
But realistically, as a writer, novellas are enjoyable for me to produce. I like the challenge of telling a hot, complete tale in a limited number of words. Get the chararacters together, have some sizzling chemistry, get their clothes off, and ensure they live happily ever after (for now). I don’t like manufactured, dragged out conflicts in romance–I know I differ from a lot of readers in that way, and I’m sorry, but I’d rather my h/h in a novella get on with the sexy times than mope and moan for however many words over a simple problem having an adult conversation can solve.
I’m also not fortunate enough to be able to write full time. I put in 45 hr work weeks and I’m pretty beat at the end of the day. This affects writing. Case in point: Wild Horses. A lot of you are eagerly anticipating this one and I’m thrilled about it, but it’s very challenging working on a full length nove over a long period of time. I forget a lot of details and have to reread. There’s a lot more buildup and tension before the naked parts (which admittedly I find easier to write). I’m going to be a lot more careful in the future before I commit to longer works (though I do have some planned).
As a new erom author who would risk losing name recognition if I went several months between releases, novellas–at this point–make a lot more sense for me to write. As often as possible, I’m going to try to write short series, where each novella touches on the same couple or characters (such as Circle of Friends is), so you print lovers will able able to enjoy them collected into paperback as well.
That’s it for me today. I have Wild Horses to work on (still) and the next CoF novella (Shay and A.J.’s book, Still In Love With You) to finish.