Toni Lynn Cloutier Joins Me
Fabulous The Wild Rose Press writer Toni Lynn Cloutier joins me today on the first step of her year log Blog Tour. I feel honoured to think the jumping off point on this huge undertaking should be on my site. Thanks for joining me and allowing me to help ‘launch’ your tour.
Obviously I haven’t met Toni Lynn face to face but we have common ground which might allow us to rectify this one day. Not only do we share the same publisher but we are priviledged to work with the same lovely editor, Maggie Johnson. Maybe one day “Maggie’s word slingers” will all get together in person. Now wouldn’t that be an encounter to cherish?
Take it away Toni Lynn!
B. S. … It’s not what you’re thinking
For this Blog post, B. S. means BACK STORY. However, I have found it to have the same definition as to the words that first came to your mind.
Recently, a woman learned I was a writer and told me she’d written her autobiography and wondered if I’d be interested in reading and critiquing it. Of course I agreed. I LOVE non-fiction!
Little does she know she helped me as a writer!
Her writing was intriguing and the story held my attention. I felt every amount of anger, every tear jerking heartbreak, and enjoyed the laughter when she did. It ended on a positive note and I was thrilled she’d found her happily-ever-after.
Now, she did ask that I critique it and give her my opinion…
Because I initially read the story as a reader, I now went back with my “eagle eye” (as my CP refers to my critiques) and slowly read every word. I found myself continuously writing BACK STORY. I then realized just how often the writer went back, taking up two and three pages of information. During the first reading, I remembered having to turn back to see what the writer’s original topic had been. At the time it didn’t occur to me because I was so engrossed in the subject, so turning back wasn’t a problem.
Huge problem. As I pressed on, I became tired of writing Back Story so I shortened it to B. S. I knew she would ask what it meant and I would explain, no problem. After reading several chapters and writing B.S. so many times, I thought to myself, “Now I understand why editors ask writers to keep back story to a minimum!”
The more back story that was added, the more I lost track of what the writer was originally talking about. When she picked up where she’d left off, I was lost. I went back to the last paragraph about the present. “Oh yeah, that’s what she was talking about before she drifted into the past, and hooked me once again.”
Being a writer using POV or Deep POV, I know how to incorporate back story so it doesn’t throw the reader back and away from the main topic. I want to keep the story moving forward. But knowing and doing back story so it doesn’t become a bunch of B. S. are two totally different things.
Do you find back story hard to deal with while reading/writing?
Information on Toni Lynn Cloutier for 2013 Blog Tour
Blurb for “The Patriot Girl” a contemporary romance novel:
MaKayla Adams has always been curious about the wild side of life. Making love with her late husband wasn’t exciting, and she never could understand the big deal…until hunky nightclub owner Dustin James hires her as a public relations consultant. His touch arouses feelings she’s never known, and his kiss tempts her to cross the line between business and pleasure.
Dustin doesn’t remember the car accident that put him in a coma three years ago, but since his recovery, he’s pushed his own needs aside to be a single father to his young daughter. When MaKayla offers to help publicize his country nightclub, however, she ignites deeper feelings he can’t ignore.
But there is more than mutual attraction between MaKayla and Dustin—there is a shared past connected to her husband’s death. Will the truth bring them together or tear them apart?
Excerpt for “The Patriot Girl”
She tilted her head toward his touch. “We do have an unusual chemistry, but anything more between us would complicate things.”
“In what ways?”
“Alex wouldn’t understand. Not to mention Paul’s parents.”
“What about what MaKayla wants?”
A loaded question she didn’t know how to answer. She wanted what she couldn’t have—not to be alone, the noises in her backyard to go away, a husband to spoil, and another child to mother.
“It doesn’t matter what I want. What matters is doing the right thing.”
“Even if it means being unhappy? When was the last time you did something for MaKayla without worrying about consequences?” He rolled his tongue and smiled.
“There was liquor involved. Otherwise, I never would have growled at you.”
She shrugged. “Because it’s inappropriate.”
He cupped her cheeks between his palms. “I find you sexy as hell and I’m going to kiss you. The time to stop me would be right now.”
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