A change is gonna come…

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When I decided to write Anti-Romance, I set out to write a romantic comedy with a soul. A story that basically broke all the rules of a traditional romance. Anti-Romance is (through the many romance taboos it touches on) an anti-romance written in the style of classical Greek comedy, utilizing the three-act structure.

If you’ve read The Story of Us, you’ll remember that the last book in that series features a novella-length epilogue, which is also written in this style. I really enjoyed writing that epilogue, so I decided to translate the style into a full-length novel. Unfortunately, I forgot one thing. I have a tendency to write long.

Some people prefer standalone novels. I love them, too. In fact, one of my favorite books I’ve written, Black Box, is a standalone. But other than Black Box, my best love stories tend to span 200,000-400,000 words in length. And the reason for that is because I have a borderline unhealthy dedication to characterization. People who know me, know this to be a fact.

I know my characters very well, and I can’t bear the idea of telling their stories without presenting all the necessary details and events. From their corny jokes to their darkest memories, I think it’s important for readers to get the full story.

As I said before, I write using the three-act structure. I begin each book by creating a plot diagram in Microsoft Excel. When I created the plot diagram for Anti-Romance, I estimated it would take six chapters to get through Act 1 of the story. It took twelve. Before I began writing, I predicted Act 2 would be about seven chapters long. Act 2 is now going to be eleven chapters long. I think you see where this is going.

This story has become so much more than I ever imagined it would be. While it is still very much a romantic comedy, it has a lot of heart. These characters are pretty fucked up. They’re all dealing with heavy issues: abandonment, death, grief, etc. I wouldn’t be true to myself, as an author, or my readers if I shortchanged the characterization for the sake of wrapping up the plot. And attempting to squeeze two books into one would mess up the three-act structure and the pacing, which in turn would confuse the hell out of the readers.

I know a lot of this stuff probably sounds kind of weird and maybe even a little complicated, but trust me when I say that I would write this as a standalone if I could. The bottom line is this: These characters have issues that cannot be resolved in a single book.

I know I’m going to catch flack from some people for this, but I know most of you will understand. To those of you who are disappointed, I am truly sorry. This was not a decision I undertook lightly. Please feel free to email me at [email protected] or comment below if you want to discuss.

Please accept the following teaser as a token of my gratitude for sticking by me. 🙂

 

I was glad to be the first person awake when my phone’s alarm went off at eight a.m. London time. Seemed George had forgotten to change the timezone on his phone. After rummaging around as quietly as I could, I realized I had forgotten to pack clean underwear. I sneaked into the bathroom to take a shower and brush my teeth. When I stepped out of the bathroom, George was standing in front of me in nothing but an eyebrow-raising pair of boxer briefs covered in Texas flags.

“Ahem.” I cleared my throat as I nodded toward his underwear. “Feeling patriotic, are we?” I teased him.

He grinned as he brushed passed me on his way into the bathroom. “Just be glad I didn’t wake up with my flag flying at full staff.”

***end of excerpt***

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Cassia Leo is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books. She loves coffee, rain, and a good read. Comment below or email her at [email protected]

29 Comments

  1. Donna February 27, 2016 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Yay! Seriously Cassia! Just more to love!!!

  2. Cassandra February 27, 2016 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Honestly Cassia, I trust you! Always have & always will have your back!

  3. twistedobsession February 27, 2016 at 9:47 am - Reply

    I love that you are being true to the story! Can’t wait to see where you take this!!

    • Cassia Leo, Author February 27, 2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Thanks! It was a tough decision, but I’m excited to dig into the deeper aspects of these characters’ stories. 🙂

  4. Robin Bromiley February 27, 2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

    I love how in depth all your characters tend to go. That is why by the end of your books, I feel like they are my friends and I’m more invested in them. Write away. Can’t wait to meet my new friends!

    • Cassia Leo, Author February 27, 2016 at 10:03 am - Reply

      Thanks, Robin! I can’t wait for you to meet them, too. They’re a wild bunch. 😉

  5. WHITNEY February 27, 2016 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    I’m always excited for any of your books, whether they are standalone or a series.

  6. Evelyn Beaton February 27, 2016 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Even more awesome stories to get my head into 🙂

  7. Jacquie Van Mourik February 29, 2016 at 5:57 am - Reply

    I adore you and everything you write! If you say you can’t do justice to these characters in one book, then so be it!! I will read it, regardless!!

  8. Cassandra February 29, 2016 at 10:37 am - Reply

    I do have a quick question… Originally, you posted that today was going to be the day to preorder the book. However, since this has turned into 2 books (which I love as I have already told you lol), is the first book going to be available for preorder today? Also, has the date changed for the release of the “now” first book? Can you tell I’m dying to start reading it lol 🙂

    • Cassia Leo, Author March 1, 2016 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      Lol. Originally, yesterday was going to be the release date. Once the release date change, the preorder date also changed. Sorry for any confusion. I will be available every March 8th. 🙂

  9. Terrill Harris Rosado March 7, 2016 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    I’m so happy that I came on here to read your post about Anti-Romance. I own quite a few of your books, but haven’t read them yet. My reading tastes tend to be eclectic, so I have a wide and endless variety of books on my tbr making it difficult to get to everything. After reading this post, though, I am inclined to move your books to my “must read soon” list. I love long, heavily detailed books (ie. back stories, characterizations, secondary character relationships, etc.) They are my drug of choice (well that and strong black coffee!) and I rarely, if ever purchase or read anything under 300 pages (unless it’s part of a continuing story.) I guess it’s time to commit. Thank you and reviews to come! 😉

    • Cassia Leo, Author March 10, 2016 at 11:42 am - Reply

      Thank you Terrill! I look forward to hearing what you think about Anti-Romance and the others 🙂

  10. Nicole Newman March 8, 2016 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    I read series 99.9% of the time because I love character driven books. I love spending lots of time with the characters and getting to know them as if they are close friends or family members. I rarely read stand alone books. I love your writing style and the connection you have with your characters.

  11. Laurie March 8, 2016 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Not to be too pushy or anything…….but how long will we have to wait for the second book and do you have a title yet? I don’t mean to sound so impatient but you’ll never be able to write your books fast enough for me to read them! I love your work!

    • Cassia Leo, Author March 9, 2016 at 9:01 am - Reply

      Hi Laurie,
      Cassia does not have a title or release date yet. She is keeping us in suspense 😉 We will let you know as soon as we have a title and date! <3 Alyssa (Assistant)

      • Laurie March 9, 2016 at 1:15 pm

        Thanks Alyssa! Looking forward to it!

  12. Christine March 8, 2016 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    When will the 2nd book be out

    • Cassia Leo, Author March 9, 2016 at 8:57 am - Reply

      Hi Christine! Cassia does not have a release date yet, but we will keep you updated 🙂 – Alyssa <3 (Assistant)

  13. Rachelle C March 8, 2016 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    They more books to read the happier I am! Keep on writing Cassia love your stories ♡

  14. Jill Gregory March 18, 2016 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    I just finished Anti-Romance and I loved it!! Well written, well developed characters and an intersting story line. Can’t wait for the next in the series. Maybe I should’ve waited to read until all books completed…..I’m so impatient! Loved the mix of romance and sexiness and humor – Nice!!

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