Have you read The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers? Well if the answer is no, then you need to run on over to your preferred online retailer and purchase this beautiful novella. Or better yet, scroll on down and enter the giveaway to win The Story Guy below! To read my review of The Story Guy click here! Right now author Mary Ann Rivers joins us with a guest blog post.
Guest post from Mary Ann Rivers
On developing Brian’s character…
In my work as a pediatric nurse practitioner part of my job is occupying the space of families facing, sometimes, almost unimaginable grief and loss. Sometimes it’s a space of worry or bewilderment. Anger. Relief.
Then there are families that I work with and see and talk to almost every day, at least every week, because their grief, or worry, or anger, or relief, or frustration, are daily parts of their lives. They live with uncertainty and depend on routine.
I try to take care of these families in the limited ways I am able. I try to remind them to pull the oxygen mask down and breathe into it first, even when I know they almost never do.
It’s from this space that Brian emerged. I wanted to write a hero who understood love well, and understood his own failures with it, and his own strengths. Who had started to believe that routine was more dependable and safer and certain in love that risk or selfishness.
I wanted to write a hero whose difficult life was not going to go away when he found love. He would have a difficult life, and he would have love.
Because what I see, from where I sit, is just that. Our lives are difficult and bewildering and beset by loss, but it doesn’t mean we don’t have love.
On the challenges and joys of writing a novella instead of a novel…
I like shorter works because I feel like it is an experimental space. The reader will only be with you for this short period of time, and so may be more open to experiencing a story in a different way. In THE STORY GUY, each chapter is set inside a single hour. This pushes both the pacing and the themes of the book, is its own little mini-discussion of how it is we might live, how living is more important than time. However, it’s not a device, I think, that would be as easy to live with in a novel-length book. The mini-discussion wouldn’t be as tight, and we may start to yearn to see the characters live through a more extended scene.
So there is a way, in a short space, as a writer, I get to play. I get to risk. I get to try things. It isn’t as if that isn’t true in a novel, but I think you do have to be aware, in a novel, of the time the reader will spend with the book and make that time about story. The HOW of telling that story, then, will be a little different, and for me, that HOW is the fun of the risk and the play.
I mean, novels are fun, too. All that room to just stretch out in a character’s narrative! Divine.
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About Mary Ann Rivers
Mary Ann Rivers was an English and music major and went on to earn her MFA in creative writing, publishing poetry in journals and leading creative-writing workshops for at-risk youth. While training for her day job as a nurse practitioner, she rediscovered romance on the bedside tables of her favorite patients. Now she writes smart and emotional contemporary romance, imagining stories featuring the heroes and heroines just ahead of her in the coffee line. Mary Ann Rivers lives in the Midwest with her handsome professor husband and their imaginative school-aged son.
THE STORY GUY Giveaway!
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