FOR LOVE THE BELL TOLLS: The Writing Process

For Love the Bell Tolls CoverFOR LOVE THE BELL TOLLS

A Gothic Romance Short Story Anthology

Stars and Stone Books

Featuring: Cara McKinnon, Sheri Queen, Read Gallo, Serena Jayne, Kylie Weisenborn, and Heather Sheldon.


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Cara McKinnon – “The Doors Between”

Can love overcome an otherworldly evil?

Sheri Queen – “The Circus Train”

Finding love isn’t easy, especially when someone wants your blood.

Read Gallo – “Blood and Petals”

How much would you change to get what you want?

Serena Jayne – “Kiss Me Dead”

With only the light of their love, Simon and Lila attempt to conquer darkness and death.

Kylie Weisenborn – “Undead Men”
When the dead become unburied, so does the truth.

Heather Sheldon – “Lost Love Found”
A haunted gift flips Mandy’s world on end, and her handsome new neighbor might be her only salvation.


The Writing Process

We asked the For Love the Bell Tolls authors to tell us their favorite and least favorite things about being a writer and the writing process.

 Read Gallo – “Blood and Petals”

The confusion of writing the first draft is always a struggle, trying to get the idea out and onto paper where I can make it make sense and force it into the shape that I like is the worst. I don’t like disorder and chaos and I think everything I write is the worst thing I’ve ever written every single time.  My favorite part is revision. Right after I get all the nonsense out and I know how it’s going to fit together and I can rewrite it into a clean manuscript. My absolute favorite part is re-reading the story two or three years later and discovering my own writing. It’s fun to go from “I am the worst” to “Wow, this is a really solid story.”

Serena Jayne – “Kiss Me Dead”

My favorite thing about the writing process is exploring the characters and their stories. Shelling out happy ever afters is even better than handing out Halloween candy. My least favorite thing is when I feel stuck. The blank page can be super scary!

Cara McKinnon – “The Doors Between”

I love the new idea stage, when I’m plotting things out and figuring out how the pieces of the story will work. Some authors just have to write in order to discover the story, but I usually work from a very detailed outline. Sometimes I deviate from that, or realize that I didn’t think something through (that happened with this story, actually), but the outlining stage is still one of my favorites. Revision can be a trial (particularly word-level revision), but right now my least favorite part is marketing and promotion. I want to spend more time writing.

Sheri Queen – “The Circus Train”

I have a great job. I get to make up things all day long. How fun is that? My least favorite thing would probably be not having enough time to balance all the things I want to do with all the things I need to do, but that’s probably true for almost all of us. Lol.

Heather Sheldon – “Lost Love Found”

Having a story unfold is exciting. I don’t usually know exactly where it’s going to take me and am often pleasantly surprised. I’m an introvert and not big on self-promoting.

Kylie Weisenborn – “Undead Men”

I used to hate editing, but since learning how to do it properly with my MFA program, it’s starting to grow on me. Drafting is fun too, though. I underwrite, as opposed to overwriting, so I always have to go back later and add more details.


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