Sorry for not posting sooner! I’ve been very busy this month. June looks to be more of the same. More on this later. For now…
I’m reading Kinley MacGregor novels, aka Sherrilyn Kenyon, one of my favorite romance authors, trying to get more insight into how she constructs her stories. These being her earliest works, I expected what you usually find, an author’s first less than thrilling attempt at novel writing.
As a writer I was not only pleasantly surprised at how good she was from the beginning, I found myself extremely envious as well. There aren’t many authors who write so well from the beginning. Typically first novels show where the writer started and how far the writer has come in the learning process. This is what I expected, but far from what I found. Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of the rare ones who “bring it” from the beginning.
While her MacGregor novels aren’t as complex as her Dark Hunter series, they are just as exciting and entertaining, which proves you don’t have to get complex with your plot and subplots to write a good story. Kinley MacGregor provides situations that are rife with tension throughout her storyline. Once you master this (among other craft techniques) you can go on to write more spectacular, rich, and complex plots.
The MacGregor novels have raised my own goals and expectations for my own beginning works. I won’t expect so little or my first novels from here on out. Sometimes it takes a really great mentor to raise the bar in your thinking. Studying Kenyon’s novels has done just that for me. Thanks Sherrilyn.
I’d like to hear from others about who they study and learn from on their writing journeys. Please, feel free to share them here.