Lindsay Longford

Lindsay on Writing


Q: How long does it take you to write a book? A: That depends on the book. The current WIP, On Angels’ Wings, has taken me forever. A century? Years? Anyway, a Christmas story of redemption and the power of love to change individuals and communities, it became the proverbial albatross hanging around my neck.…
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Using Point of View to Intensify Emotion

CREATING INTENSITY AND EMOTION THROUGH POINT OF VIEW Know how sometimes you’re reading a book and your attention wanders? Or how some books suck you into the world on the page? There are many ways an author can create that kind of intensity for a reader: through plot, through innovative syntax, mood, the kinds of…
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Web Site Interviews Romance Authors Corner

What Makes The Romance Genre Unique And Exciting As Opposed To Any Other Genre?

I’m really uncomfortable with the word ‘opposed.’ It suggests a kind of ranking to me, and that’s not how I feel about books. Like many romance readers, I read widely and broadly depending on what reading experience I’m hungry for. I don’t see the romance genre as in ‘opposition’ to any other genre, but as…
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What Qualities Do You Seek In A Romance Novel That Make It A “Keeper”?

For me this answer is the same whether the book is a romance, a mystery, lit light, or serious literary fiction. A book that touches my emotions and makes me lose track of where I am becomes a keeper for me. Sometimes that will happen because of the story situation, characters, or the writer’s particular…
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How Do The “Voices” Of Your Characters Emerge?

Hmmm. Dunno? 🙂 I hear them in my head. Until that happens, the story doesn’t take off. Once the characters start “talking,” I’m on a roll. Sometimes I hear a voice I hadn’t expected, and that changes the story. I had a villain in Dark Moon, for instance, suddenly appear, and I hadn’t known he/she…
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Share How You As A Writer Go About Effectively Creating The “Pace” Of A Story So That Your Story Is A Page-Turning Romance?

The assumption here, thank you!, is that my story is a page-turner! I do try to give the reader a book that will keep her reading late into the night. I’ve learned that pacing depends on a lot of variables: my voice, the particular scene, and chapter structure. For instance, my voice tends to be…
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Why Do You Enjoy Reading And Writing Romance?

I love the stories, the emotions, and, yes, quite frankly, I love the assurance of the happy ending. In a troubled world where so much is out of our control, there’s real comfort in knowing I’m going to enter a fictional world for a time where good things are possible. I’m a sucker for a…
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