Whether new fiction or historical fiction, whether a new story or a retelling, my favorite aspect is the romance. I am a hopeless romantic. I believe in love at first sight. I believe in soul mates. Though I also believe that love may not always be enough, that a love story can end tragically, that what may at first seem like love may be something else altogether.
Which is why I fell madly in love with STONE FIELD. The connection was instantaneous. And intense. It felt like they were made for each other… at first. Then things began to fall apart.
It was interesting and beautiful and heartbreaking. The writing was gorgeous and immediately set the mood. The characters were unique, fascinating, unusual, unconventional.
And if you’d like to meet them and find out what goes right and what goes wrong with their romance, be sure to grab your copy when it releases tomorrow.
If you’d like to know what Christy Lenzi has to say about writing the romance in STONE FIELD – which she says in the most beautiful and wonderfully descriptive way – scroll down to her guest post which follows the book’s description.
About STONE FIELD
Title: STONE FIELD
Author: Christy Lenzi
Release date: March 29, 2016
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Formats: Hardover, eBook
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A stunning debut novel that offers a new look at a classic love story about soul mates torn apart by the circumstances of their time.
Catrina Dickinson is haunted by her past and feels caged in by life in small town Missouri. When she discovers a strange man in Stone Field where her family grows their sorghum crop, her life takes on new meaning. He has no memory of who he is or what brought him to Cat’s farm, but they fall passionately in love. Meanwhile, the country is on the brink of the Civil War, and the conflict in Missouri demands that everyone take a side before the bloodbath reaches their doorstep.
A passionate and atmospheric reimagining of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Stone Field explores how violence and vengeance perverts the human spirit, and how hatred can be transcended by love.
The Guest Post
Writing the Romance Aspects of Stone Field
by Christy Lenzi
Because Catrina has such an impetuous and reckless nature, I knew her romance with Stonefield had to be sudden and torrential like a Missouri thunderstorm. Those storms keep you awake at night, trembling in your bed as you listen to the thunder rolling and crashing over the hills and the terrible crack of lightning, echoing through the valleys.
So, I struck Cat with a lightning bolt the moment she saw Stonefield, and that was just the beginning of the storm. I felt kind of bad about it, because it’s not the sort of thing you wish on someone you care about. It was difficult to watch her get drenched and carried away in the flood of her own emotion and passion. It would have been a very different matter to write a romance for a woman like Effie, Cat’s best friend. Effie would go slowly and carefully into the relationship, measuring and attending to her feelings as she went along. One day, perhaps, I will write an Effie romance, but this was Cat’s, so I braced myself for the storm and let loose.
One of the challenges I faced involved the way in which I needed to portray Cat’s ability to hear Stonefield’s voice speaking to her, inwardly. I wanted to maintain a level of ambiguity for the reader, while making it an absolute certainty for Cat. That was tricky sometimes. Unreliable narrators are exciting to write, but sometimes they can be difficult to work with!
What was especially fun about writing romantic scenes with Cat and Stonefield was that because Cat is definitely not an “indoor” girl, most every scene in which they are together takes place outside in nature. Love Alfresco can get pretty interesting, especially with a landscape full of mysterious woods and caves, bubbling springs, and soft meadows of high grass in which to run wild. So I sent Cat and Stonefield outside to play, and they did.
The hardest part of writing the romance for Stone Field was the ending. I think it nearly broke my heart to write it. But when I finished, I felt good, like waking up to a peaceful morning after all the thunderclouds have rolled away.
About Christy Lenzi
Christy lives with her family in California’s Central Valley, not far from the mountains, the big trees, and the Pacific Ocean. When she’s not working, writing, or reading, she is fond of stuffing messages into bottles, making art, and zooming around on her motor scooter, Roxanne. If you find one of her bottle messages, write her back!
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