Last year I was offered the chance to take part in my very first continuity, Harlequin style. The Medical Romance line was setting eight stories in New York, featuring the Angel Mendez Children’s Hospital. I jumped at the chance, but admittedly my intentions weren’t pure. My first thought? I won’t have to write a synopsis! Yeah!
After I pulled my fist from the air and signed on the dotted line, I was gifted with an incredible continuity bible written by the lovely and talented UK editor, Flo Nicholl. Wow, eight complete synopses including overview backstory, character conflict already built in, and even a physical characteristics chart for each hero and heroine. Each story was vastly different, yet all interconnected by the hospital and one main couple, Dr. Alex Rodriguez and Dr. Layla Woods.
I felt a little queasy beginning my book. Who were these characters, and would I be able to write them the way Flo envisioned? Would I ever create two characters like these?
After I dealt with my initial insecurity, I delved right in to following the synopsis for scenes, creating the set-up the way I would any other book (and I’ve written twelve Medical Romances and two Special Editions so far, so I do have a clue), and getting to know Dr. John Griffin, and the perky Polly Seymour.
As I diligently went about my business writing, something magical happened. I fell in love. Yes, I fell head over heels for my hero and heroine, and I wanted nothing more than for them to find their happily ever after.
So, though this project started out unconventionally for me, I soon fit right in then moved over and let the characters fill in all the blanks the synopsis could not possibly cover. It was a great experience and I’m thrilled to be a part of it with the seven other talented authors.
Aren’t the above banner and first book cover beautiful?
If you haven’t seen the complete rundown of release dates for all eight books on my website home page yet, go here.
I’m thrilled to be paired with the very talented Alison Roberts for the final duo, due out this coming June. She will finally tell the continuity couple’s story. I can’t wait to read it!
Next week I’ll share my book blurb and also the people I chose to play Johnny and Polly and give a little more history on the Angel Mendez Hospital, fondly known as Angel’s.
Do you like continuities? Why or why not?
Until next week, make it a great one!