Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Letters to Elise

Letters to Elise is a novella. For those of you, like my roommate, that don't know what a novella is - it's a fictional prose between 17,500 and 40,000 words. While Letters to Elise is still going through edits, it stands at roughly 22,000 words. In comparison, all my other novels range between 70,000 and 100,000 words.

Because of the way L to E is written - mostly in the form of letters and a few journal entries - I didn't think it would work as a full length novel. It has a story, but it's not standard narrative. I was very limited in what I could tell, what could Peter could know and do. I tried out a couple different ways of writing it, including juxtaposing Peter's letters with a third person narrative about him. But in the end, I decided the letters alone were the best way to work it.

The main purpose of this is to give more insight into Peter, and to give Peter fans a chance to spend a bit more time with him. It also helps tie in some ideas that will come into play in the final book in the My Blood Approves series.

Since it's shorter, I want to add some other bonus content. So, what kinds of stuff would you the reader like to see as bonus content to go along with Letters to Elise?

If you haven't heard about Letters to Elise yet, here's the trailer: