Late night French flicks – #MFRWauthor

Welcome to the second year of the Marketing for Romance Writers yearlong blog hop. I joined last year’s hop after eight weeks or so, and didn’t miss a post from there on. I wasn’t sure about doing it again, because I’m not sure it generates sales, which is hat MFRW is all about. I had fun, though, and I got to meet some really neat folks. So here I am.

This week, the writing prompt is:

The favorite thing I’ve written and why

One of my science fiction romances popped in my mind when I saw this prompt, and though I’ve second and third thoughts, I’m going to go with that first thought.

The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station

One night I couldn’t sleep, so I got up and watched a French movie, Amelie, on TV. The title character fascinated me. Although very shy, she devotes her life to doing anonymous good deeds. This spectacularly good woman wants nothing for herself except love.

I patterned Sandrina, the heroine of my novel, after Amelie. She’s the best female lead I’ve ever written. She is full of startling surprises, and despite her shyness, she’s willing to fight for the man she loves.

Best of all, the book’s outline came to me before I returned to bed and I wrote the first draft in just four weeks. For me, that’s unprecedented speed.

A brief introduction

Most of you don’t know me, so let me introduce myself. I have 17 books published, and most of them contain romance. Yes, yes, I know I’m a guy — but I can write romance. I like to say that it comes from marrying my high school sweetheart a week after graduation and still living the HEA decades later.

My first novels were Silhouette Special Editions. I earned my Mr Valentine nickname because I inspired Vicki Lewis Thompson’s Rita Finalist, Mr Valentine. Here’s what one reader said about my most recent novel, a science fiction romance:

I haven’t read a romance I enjoyed so much in a long time.

More about Guardian Angel

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A “travel poster” I made for this book.

The space pirates think they succeeded in invading Farflung Space Station — but they didn’t count on Sandrina. The attractive waif has discovered so many of Farflung’s secrets that she’s the most powerful person on the station … though nobody knows it yet.

They’re about to find out.

Edward Hoornaert’s romantic space opera, The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station begins the saga of the Dukelsky family.  If you enjoyed the adventures of Han, Luke, and Leia escaping from the Death Star, you’ll love The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station.

What about you?

What writing are you most proud of? Be sure to check out the other writers taking part in this blog hop have to say.

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24 comments

  1. I JUST saw that movie the other day.. I’d never seen it before. I loved it!!

    1. Amelie is an interesting movie in that it presents a truly unique character — one whom I found fascinating.

  2. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Glad to see you back Ed. That’s cool you was able to do a draft in 4 weeks. Good luck this year! May 2018 be a good year for us all.

    1. May it be so, Cathy!

  3. Wow! A draft in 4 weeks? I’m impressed!
    I will be reading at least one of your books this year, maybe this one!

    1. This is the only work I’ve ever done so quickly, and that’s one of the reasons it’s so dear to my heart. It’s a good work to start with because it is (not coincidentally) my shortest book, hovering somewhere around the borderline between novel and novella.

  4. I love the idea of writing a draft in 4 weeks! I’m a slow writer. Just purchased Guardian Angel of FarFlung Station.

    1. I love that idea too. Sigh. Unfortunately, it’s never happened again.

  5. Sounds like both of our favorite books were inspired by television. Great post!

    1. Which show inspired yours, Maureen?

  6. Sigh….the last time I wrote a draft in four weeks was four years ago….I wish my muse would take her ADD meds and return to me…..lol….

    Okay; I have GOT to read this book. Every time I read another post about it, it intrigues me more! I can spare some of my birthday $$….*heads over to Amazon*

    1. You’re my new most favorite person in the world!

  7. I can see why the book was chosen as your favorite.

    1. No one else will know the words cascaded off my fingertips, but to me that’s a big deal.

  8. I’ll have to look for that movie. That was a cool way to get your nickname, Mr. Valentine.

    1. The origin of the nickname makes a good marketing anecdote, that’s for sure.

  9. I love that cover! I like that you gained inspiration from a movie character and made her your own, too. Thanks for sharing and welcome back!

    1. Glad to be back, Raine.

  10. Glad to see you back again Ed. Oh wow just 4 weeks!! That is amazing. I’m a slow poke so I’m super impressed at your speed on getting that done. It’s wonderful where inspiration can come from.

    1. I’m usually a slowpoke too, so that speed is especially unusual.

  11. I loved the movie Amelie. Cool that you write SF with romance. How are they categorized on Amazon? Under SF or under romance? I wish there were a Science Fiction category with the subcategory of romance. My series would fit in there perfectly, but they don’t provide that option. Romance allows you to have the subcategory of Science Fiction, but then the driving force of the novel would have to be romance, which for my series isn’t correct.

    1. How my books are categorized depends on the book. Some of them are an equal blend of sci fi and romance. That’s what I aimed for with Guardian Angel, and with my latest release, Rescuing Prince Charming, and both of those had romance / sci fi as the primary category.

      Other books, though, are sci fi with romance thrown in, but not the story’s main focus. For example, The Trilogy of Tompa Lee or Future Love (despite the title). Those I categorize first as sci fi, with romance / sci fi as a secondary category.

  12. Welcome back, Ed! It’s awesome that you conceived of/wrote The Guardian Angel of Farflung Station so quickly. Your muse was working overtime.

    1. I’m lucky the muse didn’t demand double pay.

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