EXPOSURE, one of my summer 2018 novellas, is about a character (photographer and ex-Broadway dancer Andy Martin) who's appeared in a whole lot of the others, plus a character (actor and singer Victor Garcia) from MILLION DOLLAR DEATH.
This story had two particular challenges at the outset (well, three, if you count the fact that the love story is between two men and I am, just so you know, not a man): the first major challenge was in continuity. Because Andy appears in so many other stories, I had to re-read the whole series to make sure that I had his timeline locked down (he is present and accounted for throughout 2007-2018 in L.A. Stories time). I couldn't have him doing things in this story that conflicted with things he was doing elsewhere. Andy, in fact, precipitated the creation of my series-wide continuity calendar.
The second challenge was purely emotional and had nothing to do with craft. When I first started thinking about Andy's story, there were two scenes that came to me right out of the gate, and they both had to do with animals. But I had recently lost a much-loved pet. If I'd had a deadline, I could have pushed through it. Since no-one was waiting for this, I took my own sweet time.
Pretty sure that's a good thing.
I hope it’s common for writers to fall in love with their characters the way I do. I adore Andy. If there is one character in the series whose novella-length love story almost became a full-length novel just because when I start writing a scene for him/her I basically can’t stop, it’s Andy. He has inserted himself in so many of the stories (and novels), and every time he threatens to take over the whole thing.
The new image above reflects the most recent revision of this novella, which is now half again as long as it was upon its original publication. Andy and Victor are the heroes of forthcoming L.A. Stories novel THE GHOST OF CARLOS GARDEL. I am pretty sure we will see them yet again in the future.
EXPOSURE is a M/M love story with Latino protagonists. Available now at Amazon.com.