Best Selling Author of ‘Timeless Romance with Sass’ Becky Lower Shares her Insights on the Synopsis
Today, it’s my pleasure to welcome award winning and Amazon best-selling author of ‘timeless romance with sass’, Becky Lower. She’s sharing time saving tips regarding the synopsis, and some more about her book, An Unconventional Courtship, coming soon.
Becky, what insights can you share about writing a synopsis? How does it save you time in your writing process?
In order to assure that all nine of the books in the Cotillion Ball Series would be published by Crimson Romance, I was forced at the Book five mark to write a synopsis for each of the remaining books. After overcoming my initial panic (How can I write a synopsis for a book I haven’t even written yet?), I put together four synopses in a matter of days. And learned a valuable lesson in the process.
My books are part of a long series about the same family, but each book features a different sibling. By doing this planning of the series before I wrote it, I was able to foreshadow events that were yet to come. My best example is with the youngest son, Valerian, who got his shining moment in book seven with Expressly Yours, Samantha. In the books leading up to this, I was able to interject his love for horses and his lack of love for book learning, which helped pave the way for his defection from his parents’ wishes for his future and made his decision to join up with the Pony Express one that made sense.
From the moment I realized what a valuable tool this was, it changed my way of doing business. I now write the synopsis first for every story. This helps me determine if there’s enough story for a full-length book, or perhaps I should make it a novella. It also helps me get from the start to the finish without a lot of writing myself into a corner. Especially if you’re planning a series, and in my case, a historic series, it pays to look ahead in your timeline, search out those historical events that can become part of your story, and plan your series around those events.
Does my final version of the story mirror the synopsis I created a year ago? The general story line follows the synopsis, but sometimes events get shifted around. What pre-planning does is give you the outline for your story. A jumping off point. The rest is up to you and those pesky characters you create who insist on telling the story their own way.
AN UNCONVENTIONAL COURTSHIP
The Fitzpatrick family saga didn’t begin with The Reluctant Debutante.
Charlotte Ashcroft and George Fitzpatrick were two young strangers in New York City until Charlotte took matters into her own hands. Confronted by a busybody who would surely inform her mother she was where she shouldn’t be, and alone, she forced the man in the jaunty blue hat who had caught her eye to act as her escort.
By going along with the ruse, George Fitzpatrick sealed his fate with Charlotte. He would become her husband. Now she just had to convince him he couldn’t live without her.
Coming soon, along with the box set of Books 1, 2 & 3 in the Cotillion Ball Series
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amazon best-selling author Becky Lower has traveled the country looking for great settings for her novels. She loves to write about two people finding each other and falling in love, amid the backdrop of a great setting, be it on a covered wagon headed west or in present day small town America. Historical and contemporary romances are her specialty. Becky is a PAN member of RWA and is a member of the Historic and Contemporary RWA chapters. She has a degree in English and Journalism from Bowling Green State University, and lives in an eclectic college town in Ohio with her puppy-mill rescue dog, Mary.
She loves to hear from her readers at email@example.com. Visit her website at www.beckylowerauthor.com
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