The Longest Night by Kara Braden – a guest blog and giveaway

Welcome Kara Braden to Long and Short Reviews. The publisher is giving one randomly drawn commenter a print copy of The Longest Night (US/Canada only).

A Guest Blog by Kara Braden

The Longest Night is a story of love in isolation. It’s a pretty simple premise: Take two single people, add the rustic romance of a snowy cabin in the woods, stir in a little bit of a mystery behind in heroine’s past, and you’ve got a recipe for romance. Right?

Not so fast! This isn’t the story of love at first sight. The hero and heroine, Ian and Cecily, start out as polite strangers.

As far as Ian is concerned, there’s no rustic romance in his isolated cabin. Instead, it’s a prison, a way to keep him away from the temptation to abuse painkillers so he can get back to his high-stress, adrenaline-charged job as a Manhattan criminal attorney.

The heroine, Cecily has zero interest in any romance, even one with a handsome, intelligent, successful man like Ian. And if Ian’s substance abuse problems aren’t enough, Cecily has her own demons, driving her to live in isolation for the last seven years.

So how did I, as the writer, get them to their happily ever after? What’s the secret to their success?

I let them find their own way.

Some people think there are two types of writers: plotters, who create detailed outlines before setting down even one word of the actual plot, and pantsers, who write by the seat of their pants, making up the story as they go.

I’m a pantser. I create deeply detailed characters with rich personalities and backstories. Then I set up a scenario — in this case, isolation in Cecily’s cabin — and let them tell me how their relationship comes about.

Each step the characters take is logical, realistic, and entirely appropriate. Every emotion, every misunderstanding, every moment of passion is organic, not scripted. The story builds, step-by-step, sometimes one step forward and two steps back. At no point did I twist the story to match an outline or force the characters to act in a way that contradicts what they’d be feeling or thinking at that moment. I didn’t have a formula with milestones for each chapter.

Instead, I listened to the characters and let them fall in love the way they wanted. And in the end, I believe I’ve created a love story that I hope you’ll find rich and rewarding to read.

About the Author:

 photo credit Stephanie Cole

photo credit Stephanie Cole

Kara Braden makes her debut in modern romance with a story of love in isolation. She believes that engaging, romantic fantasy can be found everywhere in the world, even in the most unlikely places. With the support of her wonderful husband, cats, and dogs, she writes from her home office outside Phoenix, Arizona, where she spends her time hiding from the sunlight and heat.

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Twitter: @KaraBraden



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