I’m currently doing research for a Regency romance novella that I’m writing for the 3rd Inspy Kisses collection, Mistletoe Kisses, which will release in December. I wrote a full length Regency romance, Prelude for a Lord, under my pen name, Camille Elliot, so I’ll be writing as Camille for the Inspy Kisses collection.
For the other two collections, I wrote two romantic suspense novellas, which were pretty easy for me. But for some reason, a Regency romance novella is giving me problems. So to help jump-start my creativity, I pulled out some Regency romance novella collections from my TBR pile and I’m reading them to see the kinds of storylines and the pacing of these shorter stories.
(Yes, I know, I’m reading these books as “research.” My husband, Captain Caffeine, just rolls his eyes.)
It’s been really interesting to see the different types of stories in these Regency novellas. They don’t spend a lot of time of backstory, but they do try to develop full-fledged characters within a limited word count. Some writers are masterful at it–I just read “The Rake’s Christmas” by Edith Layton and the story is amazing. She really makes me care about the characters and I could see exactly how they fall in love just within this story.
I admit I haven’t read a lot of novellas recently–most of the time, I’m either reading nonfiction for research or I’m reading full-length novels to keep up with the market. But I’m finding such a comfort in these shorter stories. They’re sweet and uncomplicated, they have romance and varied settings and different character personalities for each story. They’re quick to read, and if there’s one I don’t care for, it’s not that huge a time commitment to read it all the way through or if I decide to stop reading it, I just skip to the next story in the book.
What do you all think about novella collections? Do you buy them? How do you read them–in spurts or all the way through? If they’re ebooks, do you read them on your computer? Your e-reader? Your phone? Or maybe a tablet? What’s the most you’ve spent on it?
Or do you prefer full length books to novella collections? Why or why not?