The story of Mistletowed just popped into my head and I submitted it to the publisher as a treatment -- a short explanation of the story. Since the story is very different from most books you see, they were intrigued and told me to write it. Oops. That was the problem. Thinking up a plot like that is very different from writing it. Here are some of the things I learned about writing an ensemble plot -- just in case you might want to write or read one. LOL
• Writing an ensemble is much like painting an abstract. There is still an underlying organization even though it may look random.
• The novella didn’t work until I firmly decided whose story it was. Yes, there are seven characters and they are all important but two of them have to form the center of the book. The other characters weave in and out of the main story.
• Every romance in the book -- and there are several -- must be motivated and fleshed out.
• All seven characters must be three-dimensional. There needs to be character development and back-story.
• An ensemble benefits from having an organizing principle. In the movie, Love Actually, the organization is around the build-up to Christmas. Mistletowed is organized around the planning of a Yule party and the surprise mistletoe.
• The timeframe of an ensemble is probably best either very long like an epic or quite short. Mistletowed is a long novella or short novel.
As you may know, I’m a relatively new writer. Mistletowed is only my sixth published book and they have all come out in 2011. Everything I do is new to me. Writing an ensemble novel was a new and fun experience. I hope you enjoy it.
My sincere thanks to Whipped Cream for inviting me here today. If you would like to win a copy of Mistletowed please leave a comment here with your email (don’t forget the email). You can get another entry in the holiday drawing to be held on Dec 18 if you go to http://beautifulboysbooks.blogspot.com. Leave a comment, with email and follow the blog. I’ll notify the winner by email! Thank you so much for coming by and thank you again to Whipped Cream for being such great hosts.
About the Author: Tara Lain never met a beautiful boy she didn’t love – at least on paper. A writer of erotic romance, mostly ménage and male/male, Tara loves all her characters, but especially her handsome heroes. A lifelong writer of serious non-fiction, Tara only fell in love with EROM in 2009 and, through perseverance and lots of workshops, had the first novel she ever wrote published in January of 2011. After an exotic life of travel all over the world and work in television, education and advertising, Tara settled in Southern California with her soul-mate husband and opened her own small marketing business. She paints, collages, and started practicing yoga “way before it was fashionable”. Passionate about diversity, justice, inclusion and new ideas, she says on her tombstone it will read, “Yes”.