I’m about to finish the first draft of the first episode of my new series called French Kissing. It’s set in Paris, has four main characters (and corresponding points of view), lots of drama and a few sexy scenes to keep the juices flowing. 😉 The blurb will follow later, but I wanted to talk a little about the format of this series and my plans with it.
French Kissing is a project of rather epic proportions. Each episode will be about 25.000 words long and I will write 6 episodes per season. The idea is to, ultimately, create multiple seasons. This means that the individual novellas will not be stand-alone stories, but parts of an ongoing serial.
I had to get out of pantser-mode and plot the first season (to distribute the drama over all 6 episodes) which in the end, all episodes combined, will amount to 150.000 words of lesbian erotic romance. And that’s just season one. (As I said, quite epic. ;-0) It’s far removed from my usual 10.000 words stand-alone novelettes, but I have had some practice with the High Rise series. The most common question I get about High Rise is whether there will be a sequel, which is why I decided to devise French Kissing in this serialised way. If it does well, it never has to end.
The plan is to release the first episode around the end of February, with a new instalment every month. From the beginning of February onwards I’ll start introducing the four main characters on here. I’ll talk about the setting, why I chose Paris and how my wife convinced me to, for once, include a couple in a long-term relationship in one of my stories. 😉
Creating this series is a new way of doing things for me, but this is the brave new world of publishing after all (and I’ve grown quite fond of my four characters already, so I believe in it with all my heart.) 2014 is going to be very exciting (I’ll have more thrilling news to share soon) and I hope you’ll join me on the ride.
Meanwhile, here’s the cover for French Kissing (Episode One):