by Christina George
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Publishing: An industry of out-of-control of egos, unrealistic expectations, and books with the shelf life of milk. This is Kate’s world, but for how long?
When one of Kate Mitchell’s star authors is carted away in handcuffs, she thinks it’s only the beginning of her troubles. As her world crumbles around her, Kate desperately looks for anyone to hold on to but finds that happy endings are truly works of fiction. When her career and love affair hit their expiration dates, Kate sets off on a new adventure….
Starting over in California is easy, but Kate soon learns that leaving her old life behind isn’t. Nicholas Lavigne is eager to help her forget, but two things still own her heart: the dream of discovering the next great American novel and MacDermott Ellis. As Kate tries to rebuild her life, she finds a surprising gift that reboots her career in a new and unexpected direction. Suddenly her name becomes synonymous with one of the biggest best sellers publishing has seen in ages, and she’s welcomed back with open arms. At the height of her success, the ghosts of her past come back to remind her of the world she’d been trying to forget and the man who never let go of her heart. Behind the book there’s always more to the story.
The Importance of Falling in Love with Your Characters
They say that falling in love with fictional people isn’t healthy. Society discourages it, yet we see this happen all the time with characters in shows, movies, and books. As an author, I can attest that falling in love with your book characters (while perhaps unhealthy) is an absolute must when it comes to being a good fiction writer. Why? Because it’s only through that love for a character that you really understand them and that they can truly be free to do whatever they want.
The truth is, most fiction writers will sit down with an idea of how their book may evolve, but often the characters take it in a wholly different direction. Understanding your character and giving them room to be evolve allows perhaps some of the best writing. While it’s important to adhere to some structure or outline, to a greater degree you need to be able to let go and let your characters drive. This “driving” is a way of giving the power over to the story and, if the story is strong, enough you’ll know it, because all of a sudden (and it does feel a bit like magic here) the story starts to take off on its own.
The one challenging part about falling in love is that it’s hard to say goodbye. It’s hard when a book ends or a series ends to say goodbye to your characters. I’ve discovered this, too and I think, to some degree, this is how a series is born. I know that’s how it happened for me. I wrote book one with no intention of writing a second book, let alone a third (and now a fourth). But at some point, it became hard to say goodbye to these people I knew so well (and yes, there’s a bit of selfishness involved because we don’t want to say goodbye, either). Like old friends, I wanted to return to them again and again as they made new memories and visited with them to become their story-teller. Truth be told, it’s the best job in the world.
Christina George has worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what this book isn’t. It’s not a slam against publishing (though it is broken) and it’s not a slam against authors (though some of them are crazy). This book is not autobiographical though many of the stories are true. No you won’t know which ones, cause it’s more fun to guess, right? George continues to work in publicity and helps authors because at the end of the day she does love books, she loves publishing, and she loves authors. She hopes you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as she enjoyed creating it.