By Thorn Wilde
Hubris reading order:
Alan - after the final chapter of Nemesis: Because I Want You.
Matt - between chapters 4 and 5 of Nemesis: Soulmates Never Die.
Craig - after chapter 8 of Nemesis: Soulmates Never Die.
Alan & Matt - after the final chapter of Nemesis: Soulmates Never Die.
Patrick - after chapter 12 of Nemesis: Loud Like Love.
Devon - after the final chapter of Nemesis: Loud Like Love (can well be read before the epilogue).
This is a story forum for readers of my new story Kissing the Dragon (which I hope to build into a larger body of work going forward) to discuss themes and topics of the story. For those of you who may have found their way to this thread accidentally and not yet seen the story:
Although this story has a very strong romantic theme, the genre is mystery/thriller in the mold of good old whodunits. The protagonist is a history teacher at a reputable boys school, and the setting is largely suburban London. Once again this a story about a person's emotional growth, this time against a backdrop of mystery when a seemingly normal and uneventful existence is turned upside down over one weekend by a tragedy close to home.
So a message to all of you who enjoyed Uninvited Guest and those who decide to join the ride:
Keep Looking For Clues.
In an article in the Boston Globe, Meredith Goldstein a Globe advice columnist (Love Letters) reveals that she is a big romance novel enthusiast. For someone who writes about love and gives advice, it is perhaps a no-brainer that such a columnist would be into romance novels. But there is a caveat, Ms. Goldstein does not like romance stories based in the city in which she lives. She, in this case, unfortunately knows well the city of Boston. What some authors may think to be a sexy location... well, she does not see those locations quite the same way. I can see her point but I don't entirely buy into it. I live in Boston and I've written a short romance story set in the Boston/Cambridge area (Promise and Opportunity - written nearly four years ago) for a prompt and I think it works fine. Also, I wouldn't mind reading a gay romance short story/novel set in the small town where I grew up. Why not?
I would love to hear what your feelings are about romance stories set in your hometown. Can you just not get into it? Would it be a distraction from the pleasure of reading? Will you read just to see if you can gain some juicy gossip? Are you disappointed that no one has ever written a romance novel set in your hometown?
What do you think?
Meredith Goldstein article.