This blog follows how a romance novel set in the Borders of medieval Scotland is researched, written and hopefully *hopefully* published.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Tune in Tomorrow for Just a Taste...

Hey there!

So I thought tomorrow I’d start and give you a snippet of the story Hollow Hearts and Hollow Hills itself. But before I do, let me tell you how I got there.

I familiarized myself with the ballads (lots of versions) and after reading through them each several times, I started jotting down notes of the order a story could develop in. Really, it wasn’t difficult considering a ballad is a story set to music. However, if I just followed the ballad’s action, I wouldn’t catch my audience early on and excite them enough to get them to “buy in” to the tale. Someone once said “You’ve got to shoot the sheriff on the first page.” Translated, this means that you need a strong hook to capture your readers’ imagination.

So, instead of starting the story with young Janet hearing the bard(or her father) warn of Tam Lin, I thought I’d start with a spicier beginning. So tomorrow when you're sipping your coffee, tune in here for a bit of the (supposed) prologue as it is so far…

Hope you LOVE it!
~Saoirse

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