When a short story goes long

March 11, 2015

The way  Guarding January started was that I had a call for a story featuring a bad boy. It was supposed to be about 15000 words. Well, the minute I read the call, Lord January, Vampire King pops into my head and lo, he has a bodyguard in tow who is going to fall hard for him.

I start writing merrily – these boys are good and noisy and I’m zooming along. Ten thousand words in after only a couple of days, I realize two things. 1) This is not going to be a short novella. Not at all. 2) Lord January is a front – Jeff is not a ‘bad boy’, he just plays one on stage.

While this can be somewhat annoying, in that I’m now out a bad boy story for this call, I can’t really complain. Noisy characters are always a good thing, and getting to spend 60000 words with a pair is usually a good time.

So I’m glad that Jeff and Rye turned into the novel they did and I’m glad they stayed noisy until it was finished!

What is your favorite length of book to read?



Lord January is at the top of the charts, only comes out at night, and is usually covered in blood. Say what you will, but the man knows how to put on a great show. But when the Vampire King is let out of rehab, the last thing he expects is someone forcing him to eat real food, hang out in the sun, and generally be a human being.

Rye Sommers, the best bodyguard in the business, has been hired to babysit a rock star whose biggest threat surprisingly isn’t all the hard drugs, desperate groupies, and crazy fans—it’s Lord January himself. But the closer Rye gets, the more LJ turns into sweet, gentle, caring Jeff Smart. He may still be the super-skinny, pierced and inked genius Lord January, but he is slowly shaking his death wish as he sheds the loneliness and exhaustion his stage persona saddled him with.

But as Rye falls in love with the real Jeff, he finds himself in over his head. He knows he can keep Lord January away from the drugs and the groupies, but saving Jeff might force Jeff to choose between his career as Lord January and his very life.

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9 Responses to “When a short story goes long”

  1. Angela says:

    I mostly like longer books because i feel in those books the author has more time to develop and build the characters. But sometimes i just want a quick in between book.

  2. Yvonne says:

    I mostly like longer books but during busy times I prefer novella length stories.

  3. Susan says:

    Since I read a lot of fantasy, where long is the norm, I like longer novels. But when I go for a change of pace, I not only change genres, I also like novellas.

  4. Denise dechene says:

    I read all lengths. Some of my favorite authors write novellas. Others write 300 pages. It’s the characters and the storyline that’s important toe

  5. JenCW says:

    I read all lengths of books. Some of my favorite authors write novellas and others write full length novels or more.

  6. Antonia says:

    My preference is probably for longer books, but I read and enjoy novellas as well.

  7. JJ says:

    I like novellas and novel length stories the best. I do read the shorter length novelette and short stories, but sometimes, I wish there was just a little bit more to the story etc.

  8. Su says:

    The more epic the novel the happier I am, as I can then enjoy a longer time with favourite characters and the world they live in. Although a series will also satisfy. I do read more shorter stories now, but still love the character and story development a longer book can give. I remember falling in love with a very short story and I am not embarrassed to say that I did nag the author to write more and she did, yay, but I was not the only one to ask :D

  9. SeanMichael says:

    I thought the answer in general would be longer preferred over shorter, so I’m not surprised at the answers :)

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