Friday, August 5, 2011

Strange Neighbors and The Glitch


My guest is Ashlyn Chase. Ashlyn writes zany romantic comedies of the paranormal persuasion.


Writing a good book isn't always smooth sailing. We face various difficulties and glitches getting the story, so clear in our head, down on paper. Sometimes the transition isn't always smooth.


Ashlyn shares with us some of difficulties she faced transitioning from writing novella sized books to full length novels. Speaking of glitches, Ashlyn's characters face many on their way to Happy Ever After.


Sounds like a Harry Potter title, doesn’t it? Well, I was asked to share any glitches I may have encountered while writing The Vampire Next Door and I can only think of a couple.

First, I didn’t know if I could write it at all! Based on book 1, my editor contracted 2 sequels. The frightening part was writing a book that long. I’m a novella girl. That’s my favorite length to read as well as write. I don’t get into pages of flowery description. I like my writing tight and my pace fast. Loads of detail can really bog down the reader.

Strange Neighbors was a mass-market paperback and had to be about 90,000 words. Do you have any idea how hard it is to come up with a story complex enough to sustain it for over 350 or so pages? Eek! I was so out of my comfort zone, I had to add a note at the end of book 1 to crow about it. (snicker)

So, book 1 felt like a fluke. Then book 2 was my second miracle, but could I do it a third time? Odds were against it. To my sheer delight, my characters were old friends by this time and practically wrote the book for me. Whew! Once it got going…

There was a second almost glitch. I didn’t know which witch would be my vampire’s heroine. They both wanted him. Either one would have been great fun to write, but I had to let the hero decide. It didn’t take long before he made his choice. I knew Sly was a smart cookie and he’d choose well. He did. He looked past the superficial younger, prettier witch and picked the one who was a better match for him intellectually and emotionally. Fortunately, he considered her beautiful and made her realize she was every bit as pretty as her vivacious, flirtatious cousin.

I love men like that. I’m sure a lot of guys start out drooling over the pretty young things, but as they mature other things become important in a real relationship. Perhaps because my husband overlooked a lot of younger prettier women to be with me, I’m partial to this type of hero. He’s 13 years my junior, but we were right for each other when he was a mature 23 year old, fed up with fickle, flighty, giggly girls.

We’re still right for each other many years later. Mine is a very happy marriage, so I believe they can and do happen. What I think is key to a happy relationship is maturity. Age has nothing to do with it. I’ve seen emotionally immature seventy year-olds.


  • So, what do you think is the key to a true and lasting love?   

THE VAMPIRE NEXT DOOR BY ASHLYN CHASE – IN STORES AUGUST 2011

Room for Rent: Normal need not apply

This old Boston brownstone is not known for quiet living… first the shapeshifter meets his nurse, then the werewolf falls for his sassy lawyer, but now the vampire is looking for love with a witch who’s afraid of the dark… and you thought your neighbors had issues!

Undead Sly is content playing vigilante vampire, keeping the neighborhood safe from human criminals, until Morgaine moves in upstairs. Suddenly he finds himself weak with desire, which isn’t a good place for a vampire to be. And Morgaine isn’t exactly without her own issues—will the two of them be able to get past their deepest fears before their chance at “normal” slips away? Excerpt 

You can see the trailer of her first book, Strange Neighbors here



Multi-published author Ashlyn Chase specializes in characters who reinvent themselves, having reinvented herself numerous times. She has worked as a psychiatric nurse, for the Red Cross, and has a degree in behavioral sciences. The first two books in the Strange Neighbors series are Strange Neighbors and The Werewolf Upstairs, which are both available now! She lives with her true-life hero husband in beautiful New Hampshire. For more information, please visit www.ashlynchase.com

19 comments:

Jo said...

I think one key to lasting love is don't be boring. I think that is a major component of a happy marriage.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good to hear third books are possibilities! My first book was a fluke and supposed to be a stand alone. It was all I could do to write a second one, and now I'm faced with the task of a third.

Ashlyn said...

You're so right, Jo! My husband (Mr. Amazing) and I have "You make lovin' fun" as our song.

We laugh a lot. Life with him is a blast. I can't imagine living any other way.

Ashlyn said...

Oh, Alex. It sounds as if you're right where I was. I wrote a little more about my dilemma on my regular blog which will be up all weekend. Check out http://naughtyauthorchicks.blogspot.com

Cheryl Brooks said...

It's nice to think there are some sensible men out there. That's the kind I like to write about too!

Ashlyn said...

Yes you do, Cheryl. I like your heroic types.

Desiree Holt said...

I just had to pop in and say I love this series so much. I feel like the tenants are all old friends! (So what does that make me? LOL!)

Ashlyn Chase said...

Ah, Des. It makes you a fun person!
And thank you so much for the compliment!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Desiree--one who chooses good books? I love stories that leave you with a feeling of old friends or the thought that if you could just find the city in reality you'd find the characters. :-)

Laurie said...

Another shout-out for sensible men! I love mine ...

Glad to hear you overcame your fear of writing longer novels! Keep up the good work.

ashlyn said...

Thank you, Laurie!

VA said...

Love your covers! They perfectly express what the reader will find inside. Now about true love, I think the answer is integrity.

A person with integrity values their commitments, and will do what is necessary to make them work. Any relationship has up and downs and sideways. When one hits the rough patches, it is the dedication to oneself and the shared trust that made the relationship possible that makes all the difference.

Enid Wilson said...

Sly is a good name. He sures know how to choose. Does he have broad shoulders and piercing eyes? Guess, I've to read the book.

Chemical Fusion

Ashlyn Chase said...

VA,

I love the covers too. What an awesome job the artist did! I like the word integrity. One of my favorites

Ashlyn said...

Hey Enid.

You can see a picture of him in my You Tube video. He's hispanic--but pale. An odd combo, but on him it works!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1tt5rqxVco

~Sia McKye~ said...

Oh, I LOVE the laugh at the end of the trailer. I have Strange Neighbors. I'm looking forward to reading it!

Ash said...

Thank you for hosting me, Sia!

I really hope you enjoy my Strange Neighbors.

booklover0226 said...

What do you think is the key to a true and lasting love?

Compromise and listening...

Eh, what do I know; I'm single!! LOL

I checked out the book trailer and it was perfect. It's a great teaser for the book.

Thanks,
Tracey D

Talli Roland said...

I'm glad it's still a happy marriage! :)

Love the cover, by the way.