Join Prism Book Alliance® as Clare London goes Outside the Margins today.
Despite my advanced age (though I’m not admitting anything in public without 3 margaritas first) I still consider myself a Life Newbie. Every day there’s something new to see, hear, experience…places to go, people to meet, happenings to marvel at, roll your eyes at… things that shock you, delight you, sadden you, make you think.
But isn’t that what life should be all about? New experiences, new adventure, new ideas… new perceptions. And isn’t that the same for the world of books?
Yet some people are cynical about it. There’s nothing new in the world, a colleague said the other day. Every song has its roots in another – every fashion has been around before. And every book plot has been done before, and done to death.
Well, has it?
I disagree, you see. The raw materials may be the same for all of us – the words, the basic plot outlines, the character types. But as each person converts them into a story, they start to take on their own, unique life.
My husband says anyone can follow a recipe and cook as well as he can. All I can say is – he doesn’t ask for seconds of my attempts LOL. We take the same ingredients and we develop it according to our own flavours, our own talents.
That’s basically what makes fiction so exciting for me to read and write, and in my opinion, what keeps it fresh. There are no limits on my imagination, no restrictions, no embarrassment if I don’t personally live the life I write about. If I can make my characters plausible and entertaining and thought-provoking, I may write about anything I want.
Even if it’s a much-written romance plot? But yes! Someone else may take the same idea and set it in another part of the country – at another period in time – with two very different characters. Their style may be very different from mine – they may tell the story from a darker or more humorous perspective.
So every idea that strikes me may have come from the same pool as a million of them before – and after – but it’s new to me and my fictional guys! I like nothing more than finding a new angle on an idea, a twist, a challenge to the reader.
My latest book is Double Scoop, one of the romance novellas in the With A Kick series. All the characters live and work in London, meet their friends around the shop that sells alcoholic ice creams, have mutual friends and overlapping stories. But in each instalment I try – and so does my friend and fellow author Sue Brown, who writes her stories in this series too – to bring a new perspective to the same boy meets boy premise.
What makes writing even more rewarding is if people share it with me, read it – and find a new reward each time.
Title: Double Scoop
Author: Clare London
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 03/30/2016
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
A sudden disaster strikes everyone’s favourite ice cream shop, With A Kick. Not only does it threaten the livelihood of its owner, Patrick, but also his loyal assistant Lee. The last thing in the world Patrick would ever want to do is hurt Lee, either physically or emotionally.Why would he? He’s been falling in love with Lee since the day Lee invited himself into the shop’s business and Patrick’s life. But familiar and deeply-held insecurities hold Patrick back – he’s too gruff for Lee, too old, and his labour-of-love business is never going to make him rich.
Lee is weary of trying to make Patrick see how much he admires and cares for him. To Lee, it’s a very straightforward situation. Patrick is sexy, Patrick is smart, Patrick needs Lee’s help – and Lee needs Patrick in his life as more than a boss. All the characteristics Patrick finds inhibiting, Lee finds attractive. However, if Patrick’s apparently never going to make a move on Lee, how long should Lee wait to make his own move? Maybe Patrick thinks Lee is too clingy, too immature. Maybe Lee should he give up his romantic hopes completely. If, that is, he can bear to do it.
The disaster at the shop brings them a whole new opportunity to work – and love – together to make a go of things. They’ve both got to look at each other in a whole new way. With the help of all their With A Kick friends, this could be make or break for the reluctant couple!
About Clare London
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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