Faith Blum on Writing Novellas

 

Faith with Rikki-croppedWe are happy to welcome author Faith Blum once again to Rebekah Lyn Books. Faith is a 24 year old home school graduate who enjoys doing many right-brained activities such as reading, crafting, writing, and playing piano. Her favorite genre to read and write is Historical Fiction, more specifically, Westerns. In the Hymns of the West series, she has endeavored to create clean, fun, and challenging Western stories for the whole family. She currently has three novels and Onisha invited her today to talk about the series of novellas she has begun writing.

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Good morning! I’m excited to be here today. I’ve been asked to talk about writing novellas particularly in four different areas:

1. Why do you write novellas?
2. Pros and cons of novellas
3 Easier to market or more difficult
4. Character development in a novella

I’ll start with the first one. The reason I wrote these three novellas and plan to write at least six more, is because I fell in love with some of the minor characters in one of my novels and couldn’t let them go without telling their stories.

In Amazing Grace, I wrote three mail order bride advertisements. The first one was for the heroine of my story. The other two were not mentioned besides in their advertisements. The heroine of the novel wrote back to two men, the hero and Cole Baxter. After writing a scene with Cole Baxter, I couldn’t just leave him there. I had to add more to his story. So, I wrote I Love Thee. Then I got an idea for the other two mail order brides who advertised.

I have ideas for six novellas that will go with my next two novellas, three for each. So, I guess my short answer would be: because I couldn’t leave these minor characters alone and needed to tell their stories.

Pros and cons of novellas

Pros:
• They are faster to write, edit, and publish
• Readers seem to like shorter stories to read

Cons:
• They are harder to market
• It is harder to create a complete story

Easier to market or more difficult

I guess I kind of already answered this question. They are harder to market. Most advertising places don’t advertise novellas unless they are part of a boxed set. The good thing is that there are a few places that take them.

Character development in a novella

Character development is hard in a story of any length. In a novella, the development is just slightly more condensed. It’s challenging, but it can be done. It can be fun, too. I honestly can’t tell you who my favorite characters are in each of the novellas. They all have things I like so much about them.

 

I Love Thee Promo

 

Cole is uncertain, but kind. Overwhelmed, but full of ideas. Charming, witty, hardworking, spontaneous, and loves God above all else. Rhoda is strong-willed, sweet, opinionated, devoted follower of God, and not afraid to take on a challenge. Like baking bread with four children ages 2-8. The children are all super cute and were fun to write as well.

 

Pass Me Not Promo

 

Timothy is gentle, kind, slightly short-tempered, loving, and a devoted believer in God. Abigail is motherly, self-conscious, willing to do anything, and firmly follows God. Louise is an exact replica of her Irish father only more feminine. She is difficult, has a quick temper, is rebellious, hard working, and usually willing to make sacrifices for her brother. Tessa is only five, but she knows right from wrong and tries to obey her older sister.

 

Redeemed Promo

 

Alex. If I had to pick a favorite character of all the male characters in my three novellas, I think I would pick Alexander Granger. He’s the spoiled son of a rich rancher who doesn’t like being told what to do. He’s arrogant, self-serving, and hard to deal with. And yet, behind all of that hides a kind, generous, hard-working spirit. Mona is determined to rise above her station and live a life of luxury. When circumstances change, she proves that she can adapt easily and is hard-working and thoughtful.

I hope you have enjoyed finding out how I write novellas, why, and how I market so far.

Feel free to ask any other questions you may have. Who knows? I may even make it into a blog post someday.

Faith has a fun giveaway!

The first prize winner will receive:

~A paperback of the novel that started the novellas, Amazing Grace (or novel of choice)

~One handpainted bookmark (painted by the author’s sister)

~A silver pen nib bookmark

 

First prize

 

The second prize winner will receive:

~An ebook copy of Amazing Grace (or ebook of choice by Faith Blum)

~Two handpainted bookmarks (painted by the author’s sister)

Second Prize

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Good News!

From August 24-28 only, I Love Thee will be free!

Also on sale during the blog tour are A Mighty Fortress which will be$0.99 from August 23-30 and Be Thou My Vision which will be $0.99 from August 30-September 6.

This is going to be a busy week for Faith.

Be sure to check out the other stops on her blog tour.

Novella Blog Tour

 

Monday, August 24

 

Tuesday, August 25

 

Wednesday, August 26-RELEASE DAY!

 

Thursday, August 27

 

Friday, August 28

 

Saturday, August 29

 

Sunday, August 30

 

Monday, August 31

 

 

Comments

  1. Dear Faith, I really enjoyed your interview with Onisha. You are taking the lead in a new order of things. I can see why people would like novellas, because as you said they are short to read. I’ve been writing serials and enjoying that too. The days of the short (and long) are here! In my opinion, too, Westerns are the best in fiction. I love the mountains and I’m very fond of horses, and of course young lovers are the best!too.
    Sincerely,
    DiVoran

  2. Thank you for hosting me today!

  3. isisthe12th says:

    Nice to meet you Faith! I love Mail Order Bride books. Looking forward to reading your books. Thank you

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