WE ARE SO EXCITED TO HAVE WITH US TODAY…..
~FANTASY ROMANCE AUTHOR~
~RETURN TO ME~
So without further ado, set back and enjoy your time with Mae Archer….
Writing with the door Open by Mae Archer
One of the best pieces of writing advice I’ve read was from Stephen King. In his memoir On Writing he states that you need to ‘Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.’ What he means by this is that you first write for yourself. You write the sort of stories you want to read, the stories that only you can tell. When you’re first writing you shouldn’t be thinking about the reader or the publication process. Instead you just need to let the story tell itself.
After you have done then you then need to write with the ‘door open.’ This is when you need to think about who else might be reading it. You need to revise your work by thinking only about the reader. Will they understand what you’re explaining on page 33, does the characterisation work from page 10 to page 110, etc.
And then when your novel is published it’s out there in the world. It belongs to everyone. As readers we mediate the words on the page through our worldview. Sometimes I find it disconcerting reading reviews because the reviewer is interpreting or seeing something that I did not intend or think about during the writer process. If they’re saying something good, then I feel flattered and say ‘of course that’s what I meant.’ And if they’re saying something negative then I get upset and say ‘where did they get that from?’ because when I write I’m not consciously thinking about the story, it’s just coming to me if you will.
My romance novel Return to Me started as a book I was writing for myself. The idea came from a dream and like most dreams it was a mass of convoluted images and feelings. The next morning when I woke up I began writing. The characters of Lana and Tristan and their second chance story had a grip of me and they didn’t let go. This was the story that I absolutely had to tell. I’d always adored time travel stories and one of my all time favourite books is Jude Deveroux’ Remembrance, a time travel romance where the heroine goes back in time to correct her past lives with her soul mate, so they can be together in this lifetime.
But Return to Me is a time travel story with a twist. Lana is not transported back in time, instead she ends up in a world that is just like her own, but everyone she knows is different because of different choices they made, including herself. One of the reviews I received stated that Return to Me had a fascinating Twilight Feel to it, which I found interesting. As a child I loved watching the Twilight Zone, but when I was writing this book this was not one of the references I was thinking of. It just goes to show that there is so much that happens in our subconscious that we don’t even know about it.
When I completed my novel and it came time to submit it I recognised it was a paranormal romance and categorised it as such, but when it was published I saw a new genre tag in the description. Return to Me was also classified as a speculative novel. If someone told me that I was writing a speculative novel I would have fallen off my chair. In fact I had to look up exactly what this genre means (for the record it’s a an umbrella term encompassing the more fantastical fiction genres). And now that I know what it means I can see how this fits my novel. I can also understand why this tag was added because readers who are looking for books in this specific genre might want to read Return to Me.
But if I had embarked on the writing process thinking I was writing a speculative novel, who knows what the end result would be. The only roadmap I had when I began writing was the dream in which I was with my husband, but he was different to how I knew him. I grieved for the man I knew and yet loved him in this different place. Everything else was constructed during the writing process.
This is why when we write, we have to throw away the rulebook on genre and publication, and just tell the story we have to tell. The rest will take care of itself when we complete our manuscript.
Mae Archer writes romance and erotica. Her paranormal, speculative romance novel Return to Me is published by Momentum.
Her website is http://www.maearcher.com
Thank you, Mae, for taking a few moments of your time to spend with us and our readers today! “Return To Me” sounds like a very interesting story!
RETURN TO ME
After a fatal car accident Lana Walters is transported to a parallel world for a second chance with her dead husband. But her husband – and the world itself – are very different to her own.
In her other life, Lana was married to Frank, who had a terminal heart condition and died at thirty. In this new world, she is Alannah Walker, and her husband is Tristan, a man who had a heart operation as a child. But Tristan is nothing like Frank.
Born Frank Walters, Tristan hides his past under a new name. His relationship with his wife, Alannah, is fraught with anger. But even though Alannah has seemed like a different person since the car accident, lessons of the past have taught him not to trust too easily…
Will Tristan and Lana learn from their past mistakes? Does this new life give them a second chance at love?
Published by Momentum Publishing. Buy it here.
- Print Length: 218 pages
- Publisher: Momentum (September 1, 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EC51W74
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A bit about the author…..
Mae Archer knew she wanted to be a writer since she was a child. She loved listening to her grandmother’s war stories about English maidens falling in love with handsome Yankees while England burnt under the Luftwaffe’s blitz.
When she discovered romance novels as a teenager she soon realised that her dream job was to be a romance writer. After many career twists and turns she’s making her dreams come true.
Her real life is like one of her grandmother’s stories. She met a foreigner who travelled through Australia and it was love at first sight. She married him six months after they met and every day since has been an adventure.
She lives in Australia with her husband and daughter.
Mae loves to hear from readers. You can contact her through her website, www.maearcher.com.
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