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Today I'm welcoming Liam Livings and his new release Escaping From Him. An intriguing title, a fab cover and - as expected from Mr Livings- an enchanting book!

Liam answers the question - Short vs Long? - below, and then for one lucky commenter there's a FREE download to be won! Just read Liam's final question to the readers and then post your comment, either here on my blog or on FB or Twitter.

Now ... over to Liam himself :).

Escaping From Him by Liam Livings

BLURB: Darryl’s on the run – from controlling boyfriend Chris, an air-conditioner called Dave (deceased), an intolerable, claustrophobic situation and a person he just can’t be any more. The trouble is, he doesn’t have a plan – or any money – and all he knows is he needs to get away from everything. That’s where a lucky lift to Glasgow comes in, which turns out to be just the beginning of a whole new life …

Short vs long. Which do you prefer as a reader? As a writer, which do you prefer to write?

As a reader I prefer a good long thick book. I like a good multi character story told from different perspectives, and showing how they all link together. Or I like a first person narrative with a circle of friends around that person, again a long narrative. I don’t tend to like collections of short stories as I just get into one story and the characters and then it’s over and onto the next one. It’s like the characters had a drink with me, then were whisked off away from me, never to be heard from again. I suppose that’s why I love a good long running TV drama, so you can follow the characters over six or seven series, hundreds of episodes. In my mind a long 800 page novel is just that, a sweeping following of the characters, so when it ends I’m sad as I have to leave the characters, and I feel I’ve been living with them while I’ve read the novel.

As a writer I prefer to write longer than a novella, because by having quite a few characters it’s hard to fit that all into a 20,000 word story. So having the extra wordage gives you more time to explore the different sub characters’ relationships with the main protagonist. It’s a broader canvas and you can also have more fun as you’re not constantly trying to squeeze it all into a set number of pages. Maybe I write long naturally, I think I do actually. I tend to talk long, so that’s probably why I write long too!

EXTRACT – Darryl is in the photography studio with Callum, a ginger haired model. They’ve just been left alone

This was normally my cue to turn the lights off, remove the coloured gels, pack away the backing, and set it up for the next client, after checking the schedule on the computer. But this time I didn't do any of that. This time I just stood behind the light, staring at the beautiful man in front of me, sat on a white wooden box, leaning backwards on his arms, his legs open and stretched out in front of the box. His white T-shirt riding up slightly to reveal a tiny wisp of ginger hair and his belly button.

"Had a good look eh?" he said, leaning back further, revealing a bit more of his stomach.

"Don't know what you're talking about." My eyes darted between his stomach and his bright green eyes.

"You gonna come over, or do I have to actually ask you?"

I walked to him and stood up against the white wooden block. Now I had a much better view.

"I've seen you."

"I know, I'm standing in front of you." I smiled, and worried he was a cute, clever psychopath. That's what I was getting into now. A psychopath. I allowed that to wash around my mind for a moment.

"Not now, at the club. I've seen you at Truvy Jones."

"You go there?"

He nodded. "Why the surprise? Just because a man doesn't put glitter in his hair and make-up on his face, doesn't mean, well it doesn't mean what you thought it meant."

It is available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com



About Liam Livings

Liam Livings lives where east London ends and becomes Essex. He shares his house with his boyfriend and cat. He enjoys baking, cooking, classic cars and socialising with friends. He escapes from real life with a guilty pleasure book, cries at a sad, funny and camp film – and he’s been known to watch an awful lot of Gilmore Girls in the name of writing ‘research’.

He has written since he was a teenager, started writing with the hope of publication in 2011. His writing focuses on friendships, British humour, romance with plenty of sparkle.

You can connect with Liam

Twitter @LiamLivings

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/liam.livings

Blog http://www.liamlivings.com/blog

Question for ebook giveaway

How do you feel about long books, are you with Liam in loving the big expanse of them?



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 4th, 2015 07:29 am (UTC)
Hi Liam! Hi Clare!

Long vs short? That's a difficult question as I'm a greedy reader and want to finish the story all in one gulp - which is a bit difficult with a very long book as it isn't often that I can ignore RL for 20+ hours and have some recovery time. That's not to say that I haven't sat up all night reading because I can't put a book down until it's finished.

On rare occasions I've even stayed up late (or is that early?) to finish the book and immediately turned back to the start to read it again. Or had a couple of hours sleep before starting again.

Generally I prefer shorter novels, 200-300, pages because I can finish them in a day without disrupting the next day too badly.

Sometimes I just want to read short stories because I'm too tired to make that emotional investment with a longer story and shorts rarely have such an emotional impact because there isn't time to get that involved with the characters.

I suppose it is like eating in a way - a five course banquet is great as a special event, but not every day; a satisfying meal is good once or twice a day; and sometimes snacking is the way to go!

As a writer I tend to write long because it lets me fit in a lot of nuance and really get to know the characters; or short because the idea is just a scene and the characters are not so insistent.

On a side note I tend to struggle with stories that have a lot of characters because I don't deal with large groups in RL and am easily confused if there are ten characters having a conversation - that rarely happens in my life, I've noticed that if there are ten people there are likely to be at least three conversations or a lot of silence. Recently I've noticed that I even have problems with long running series - the sort which have a central group and each book is about a different character in that group - when all the characters get together I struggle to place them even if I've met them all before and loved them in the previous books. It's annoying because I really love those sort of series - or used to!

Is it September yet?

Feb. 5th, 2015 10:33 am (UTC)
Mara, you make so many good points. I really enjoy the different styles of short and long writing - and they SHOULD be different styles, not just less words!! - depending on what time I have. But what I love about long books is being able to immerse myself in them and really get to know the characters. I can also enjoy being with them across a period of time, and in different situations. And, of course, my selecxtive memory being what it is, I'm more likely to re-read a long book because I've forgotten the joys of the beginning by the time I get to the end :).

Oh, and another thought - there's many a thriller/crime novel that I've finished, then gone right back to the beginning again to re-read with hindsight :).
Liam Livings
Feb. 5th, 2015 08:58 pm (UTC)
short or long!
2-300 pages, that would have the advantage of being readable in a few hours. But I really love getting lost in a long 700 pager, so when I get to the end it's like saying goodbye to the characters I've 'lived with' for a while.
Ashley Van Buren
Feb. 6th, 2015 02:08 pm (UTC)
There's no question for me: I love a long book. I can't bear to leave characters behind once I've gotten to know them and fallen in love with them. This is also why I love series that follow the same characters rather than moving on to a new couple. More adventures with the same people? I'm on board!
Liam Livings
Feb. 23rd, 2015 06:18 pm (UTC)
Free ebook won

Hi Ashley Van Buren,

random.org tells me you've won a copy of one of my ebooks. Please can you email me on liamlivings (at) gmail dot com

and let me have:
your email address
which book you'd like
which format (epub, mobi or pdf)
Liam :-)
Julie Small
Feb. 7th, 2015 02:09 am (UTC)
I also like books 200-300 pages. I can read that in a day or two. I also sometimes will read a longer book but find myself having to reread pages or whatever. But that is due to real life! Interesting post and congratulations on the release!!

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