D.D. Symms is a popular romance writer and I was thrilled to read his blog post on Goodreads.
The use of language and details in Tree Change by Tea Cooper
I find myself attracted to the type of prose that Tea Cooper pens ... similar to the flow written by Anita Shreve. The imagery draws me in and yet the language is not "literary" to the point where a reader is lost.
It's like sitting on a grassy hill and watching the clouds float above. An example:
"...ever since she had stepped onto the sand and looked up at the Shack, she had opened a box of forgotten memories and the images had come flooding out in colors far brighter and more intense than she remembered.
"The high-pitched whistle of the kettle pierced the fog in her brain, and she grimaced as she tipped the boiling water over the tea bag, ignoring the water slopping over the edge of the mug and pooling on the bench."
How many details are too much in a story and what can be left out? Certainly, we don't need to know that water pooled on the bench and yet it fits in and completes the picture and the mood of what is happening at this point in the story.
I think it flows organically ... the best way for all stories to flow and the best way for authors of all styles to express themselves.
Thank you, D.D. I'm not sure my writing is worthy of the comparison however I am truly flattered!
Despite her success in the Sydney art world, Cassia yearns for the idyllic life she once lead with Jake in their shack over looking the Pacific Ocean. Seeking closure she falls, like an addict, straight back into his arms, and out again equally quickly. Not only has he taken up with his brother's wife, but it seems they have a child.
Truth is, Jake's living a lie, sworn to secrecy, and hamstrung by the debt he owes his estranged family. But one glimpse of Cassia and he knows he cannot live without her. Her fey, artistic character and magical body possess his imagination and his heart. Can he convince her to trust him long enough to save the crumbling remains of their relationship?