Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Guest Post and Giveaway: Julia London

Please join me in welcoming New York Times Bestselling author Julia London to Debbie's Book Bag today. Julia is here promoting the release of her novella, The Bridesmaid. I asked Julia how writing a novella compared and contrasted with writing a full length story. I also asked her about writing about weddings in general and hers what she had to say. Enjoy! Check out the giveaway details at the end of the post for  your chance to win a copy of The Bridesmaid by Julia London.

The Challenges of Writing a Novella vs. a Full Length Novel

The full-length novel has to have several more elements than a novella.  There are more plot points, often several relationships that play into the story, and more internal and external goals and conflicts for the protagonist.  Pacing those story elements over a full-length novel takes some planning and a lot of trial and error in the telling.  

The novella is quite different.  There isn’t enough room in the confines of the story length to explore more than the main couple’s relationship.  All roads point to the Happy Ever After, and the novella’s short structure does not allow for detours.  So the trick is to start the novella in a place that allows you to leap into the story with the main characters without a lot of backstory or development of a complex conflict. 

Wedding Disasters or Weddings in General

Who doesn’t love a wedding?  I love the dresses, the food, the dancing…I don’t get invited to enough.  As an author, it’s a lot more fun writing about wedding disasters rather than weddings.  Nothing builds suspense like a will-she-or-won’t-she moment at the altar.  THE BRIDESMAID is a little different, but the reader feels that impending doom nonetheless.  

Giveaway Details:

The publisher is sponsoring a giveaway for one copy of The Bridesmaid by Julia London.

~ You must be an email subscriber to participate.
~ US  and Canadian Addresses only.
~ The deadline to enter this giveaway is Midnight EST, October 22nd.

1. Please leave a comment describing a funny bridesmaid story or something you think would be funny.

2. Please fill out the FORM.


Charlotte said...

Sorry to write, I have no bridesmaids story to share.

Linda Kish said...

No stories from me either. There are some pretty good movies about bridesmaids though. Like 27 Dresses and Bridesmaids just to name two.

CrystalGB said...

I have been a bridesmaid once. It was in December and we had on dresses that had a big hole in the back and we were so cold our teeth chattered as we stood in front of the church.

Karen B said...

Never a bridesmaid because I was pregnant when asked. I imagine going into labor during the ceremony or reception could make for some hilarious reading!

bn100 said...

Don't have any bridesmaids stories to share

justpeachy36 said...

I was Maid of honor in my sisters wedding and we had a mishap with the cake. It was supposed to be delivered but the van broke down and we had to go get it ourselves. I was getting into my dress on the way up the stairs to go down the aisle. I barely made it into the line right before I was supposed to go up... LOL!

Ada said...

I personally haven't been a bridesmaid but a good story from a wedding I went to. The bridesmaid, along with the bride, did a bit of a Charlie's Angels thing after walking down the aisle just before they started the ceremony! Got a good laugh and sure surprised the groom :)

traveler said...

The bridesmaids dresses became unravelled during the ceremony. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Anita Yancey said...

I don't have any bridesmaids story to tell. But I think it would be kind of funny when the preacher says does anyone have any objections, that the bridesmaid would be the one to speak up. Thanks for having the giveaway.