RELEASE DATE: Feb. 1, 2023
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What worked to my benefit was the nature of epistolary fiction, which, as noted, forces readers to make mental connections. It also helped me end Paolo's story with hints of the events that would lead to the Virgin's intercession for the future. Ending Paolo's last chapter with his journal entry followed immediately by the governess's excited letter allowed me to underscore the emotional weight of Paolo's story and its echoes into the future through Adam's dreams.
And for music, classical piano music, particularly from the Baroque, inspired the story as well and helped me figure out the relationship between Paolo and Andrea. Paolo's a prodigy who was born to a poor family, so his education in music is almost haphazard and shaped mostly by charity and a tutor's sincere belief in his talent.
My musical inspiration ran the gamut, from Scarlatti to Couperin to Bach and even to Clementi, whose sonatinas were from a much later era. That said, it was still a great source of musical inspiration, particularly when describing Paolo's experiences tutoring his much younger pupils.
Primavera is a 50K-word long novella that's available in e-book for 99 cents and print for $9.00. You can go to my bookstore for different online stores to purchase a copy. It's a mix of standard narration and epistolary fiction via Paolo's journal entries in alternating chapters. There are one-and-a-half sex scenes that are explicit (one full chapter and a fraction of another chapter, I mean). Dark, gothic themes abound, as are second chances and a HEA ending.