Diamonds In The Sky
We asked Mary what challenges her most about writing a short romance story and to share her tips.
Biggest challenge in writing a short romance story is finding different ways to develop the romance in so few words, while keeping the surrounding story interesting and plausible.
I can’t remember creating a short story that wouldn’t have preferred to be a novel, and therein lies a major pitfall. I have to write a short story quickly, before it morphs into a 120,000 word epic. The trick is to give the characters depth without using any extra words. A tough call sometimes.
Do you have a favourite line/short piece from your short?
My favourite piece from “Diamonds in the Sky” is the 40-word opening to the heroine’s 1,000 word assignment, “In the pearl-white light of the rising moon they danced from star to star, locked in a loving embrace. No wisp of cloud… etc.,” and her flatmate’s wry response: “You’ve got some way to go, girl.”
What was you inspiration for the story?
The mention of diamonds instantly conjures up images of the stars in the vast, Australian night sky. Diamonds as jewels come rather as an afterthought, so the story was going to be about the stars right from the start. A timely visit to the Smithsonian Hubble display just before the Little Gems deadline clinched it.
What are you working on now?
Currently I’m putting the finishing touches to a novel for entry in the Valerie Parv Award. I’m trying to write a biography of the late Joan Crane, who was one of the few Flying Nightingales who went into Europe behind the advancing Allies to fly the wounded home from the front. It’s proving difficult because she was such a self-deprecating sort of lady who never talked about what she had done.
How can people find out more about you/your writing? Do you have a website or blog?
I don’t have a website at the moment, but one is in the offing. The domain name is registered.
Will we be able to catch up with you in person at the RWA National Conference in August?
I’ll certainly be at the RWA National Conference in August and I’m very optimistic that I’ll gain a great deal from attending.
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