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The History of the book Heart Thief
I wrote HeartMate, I knew it was a fantasy romance,
it focused on the
relationship between TAsh and Danith. After I finished
HeartMate I continued to write about Celta with
Heart Thief. I have a long term critique group
who has stuck with me in this journey, but they HATED
Ruis. He was a thief, he was unsympathetic, he was NOT
a hero. Sigh. I did want him to REALLY grow, but starting
out as unsympathetic doesnt work, so REVISION 1
was whipping Ruis into a more likable character.
I sent HeartMate out to contests (winning, placing,
not making finals) and editors and agents (multiple rejections)
and years passed, I decided that since Heart Thief
was a different story, I could market it either as a paranormal
romance or a fantasy with a romantic subplot. I joined
a fantasy/sf critique group. REVISION 2 was accenting
and adding fantasy scenes, more description, more guy-approved
3: I tried a difficult technique that fantasy writers
use putting a shorter excerpt of another story
at the start of the chapter. In Heart Thiefs
case, this was the Captains Log of the last Captain
of Nuadas Sword, the colonist starship. I wanted
to mirror the Captains and Ruis lives and
problems. However, every time I changed/revised a chapter,
I had to revise the Captains Log. I still have the
Captains Log and hope to make it into a prequel
novella at some point in the future.
sold HeartMate. To a romance house: Berkley Jove.
Heart Thief was half finished a fantasy
with a romantic subplot. REVISION 4 was ripping out A
LOT of description, fantasy, guy-stuff. ADDING romance,
romantic scenes, girl emotion stuff.
sensual romance e-list and decided that my love scenes
needed work. I finished Heart Thief and handed
it over to friends to read. REVISION 5 was making the
love scenes longer and hotter, and since the book was
now FAR over word count, CUTTING, CUTTING, CUTTING.
rationalized that I could add the cut scenes (fantasy,
guy-stuff, description, cut scenes) to my website under
the Celta page, thus this page was born.
6: A subplot was not explained well, the conflict between
the characters wasnt deep enough, motivated enough,
7: The copy edits and page proofs are now done. My editor
requested MORE information on nanotechnology. Nanotech
was added. Subplot cleaned up more. Love scenes revised.
last two revisions werent too major, but before
that....Heart Thief DID
go through five MAJOR revisions.
May 2003 on, you will see A LOT of uncut scenes
from Heart Thief and
hopefully will like them.
meet and merry part and merry meet again, Robin.