I can attest to the fact sometimes you can be given more than you can accommodate. Now, now, don’t let your mind wander off on a tangent. I’m talking about backstory! Really!
I recently joined a local romance writers group SARA and at our latest meeting we got to talking about backstory. We all know that every story begins before you read page one. The hero and heroine had a life before you waded into their adventure. As a reader you need to know some of that backstory but not all of it. Who cares if the heroine had to wear canary yellow shoes to church or if the hero used to have bladder control problems as a toddler? I can guarantee we have all read books where we want to yell, “Get on with it already!” So, as writers we are conscious of not writing pages and pages of drivel you as readers don’t want to read. I know if I get bored with endless descriptions and backstory I skim, and I assume I am not alone.
Now, add a twist to the backstory problem. What if you write a series? I enjoy reading series because you get to continue reveling in the lives of characters you already know and love. However, I hate, hate, hate, the information dump on page one. Yes, I know who the heroine is and what she does for a job. I know what happened in the last book and the one before and the one before. Unfortunately, some readers don’t have the benefit of having read an earlier book.
What does this have to do with me as a writer? It’s very easy to sigh and flick pages when you read but try putting your writing hat on. I have just had book one in an erotic romantic suspense series published and knowing what needs to be included in book two is really difficult. Did I get the amount of backstory from book one right? I guess time will tell.
Speak to Me of Abduction is available now at http://www.bookstrand.com/speak-to-me-of-abduction and the sequel, Keep it Under Wraps is due out on 19 July.
Born and bred in the UK, Lillian Grant’s whole life was turned on its head when, at the tender age of eighteen, she met and fell instantly in love with her darling husband. She knew the minute she met him she was going to marry him and, fortunately, he came to the same conclusion less than six months later.
She has traveled the world with her husband and currently calls Australia home. It didn’t take her long to turn native. She became an Australian citizen and dropped the British accent. However, her wanderlust didn’t stop with moving to the other side of the world. With her husband and two sons she has moved from state to state, always ready for a new adventure. She has also visited many destinations around the world.
Her stories reflect her love for travel and exotic locations, along with a quirky British sense of humor. Well, you can’t give up all of your heritage now, can you?