Starting out as a writer—5 things you should know!
1. Word count matters! Be aware of the average norm for your genre. For example: sci-fi tends to have a higher word count than romance. Do your research. It will save you so much precious time and effort. You can (and will) get rejected on word count alone!
2. Do NOT change POV (point of view, otherwise known as head-hopping) within the same paragraph. Double space and make it clear that a new POV is being introduced.
3. Learn to streamline your manuscript during the editing process. Remove unnecessary fluff that doesn’t propel the story forward.
4. Learn to EDIT, EDIT, EDIT. When you think your manuscript is complete, put it away for a week and go back to it. EDIT it one more time! You’ll see mistakes and inconsistencies you didn’t see before. One more thing: remove every single unnecessary THAT.
5. Expect rejection. It’s part of the process. But, DON’T give up!
Ten things you don’t know about I Have People:
1. I Have People is about ‘out-of-control’ anger.
2. I Have People is also about memory loss.
3. I Have People is about recognizing a good man versus a bad one.
4. The title, I Have People, was born when I found myself with an empty nest for the first time. As my children called home incessantly, I realized I HAVE PEOPLE and I always will.
5. My inspiration for I Have People came from a strong dislike of people who can’t control their tempers.
6. My hope for I Have People is that women will read it and realize that verbal and physical abuse is NOT OKAY! EVER!
7. I’ve written TWO different versions of I Have People. The published version is the first version and it is my favorite.
8. The second version of I Have People is NOT an amnesia story. Turns out, amnesia was the way to go. Hence, the second version will never see the light of day. I’ve already forgotten about it. What other story?
9. My heroine’s name, Holly Noel, came from a friend who had a Christmas baby and named her Holly Noel. LOVE!
10. Gabriel (the hero) and Holly (the heroine) both have Christmas names. Holly Noel (obvious) and Gabriel (the annunciation).
The suspense never lets up; I was hooked from the beginning and never once felt bored or lost interest. This book deals with a difficult subject – spousal abuse – but the way in which the story is delivered is just spellbinding. Holly Noel is a strong-minded, independent person who suffers a horrible ordeal and wakes up with amnesia. Her circumstance is unusual but she has some friends who stand by her, trying their best to help her make a new future and keep the past troubles from interfering in her new life.
I read Sierra a few months ago by this same author and found it mesmerizing, so I jumped at the chance to read this book. I am so glad I did because I Have People is another winner. It is wonderfully constructed so that the story flows smoothly from start to finish, but it is also an exceptionally emotional tale. I became so caught up in Holly’s troubles and triumphs that I pretty much hung on every word.
For all that transpired, these characters lived and breathed for me. They were recognizable individuals who were also unique. I became frustrated a few times when decisions were made that I feel showed poor judgment…but those choices were still, in almost every instance understandable. Ms. Dean is a new favorite author of mine. Pick up a copy of Sierra or I Have People and I bet she will become one of your favorites, too.
This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest review
Reviewed by Laurie-J
Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding that she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you’ll find all sub-genres of romance in her line-up.
Twitter - @taylordeanbooks
Title: I Have People
Author: Taylor Dean
Date Published: 9/20/2012
Missing any memories?
Holly Sinclair is happily married to the love of her life, Gabriel. Young and in love, Holly hopes to have their first child soon. Of course, Gabriel wants to wait till Holly’s health is restored, much to Holly’s dismay. She feels perfectly fine. So what if she just woke up from an eight-month coma? So what if some of her memories are missing? She remembers Gabe and that’s all that matters, right?
That is, until HE enters her life again . . . she forgot about HIM.
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