Wednesday, July 19, 2006

We have a title!

At last! A title for my erotic Phantom of the Opera book.

It's taken us months to come up with something that works, and finally we've arrived at:
Unmasqued: An Erotic Novel of The Phantom of the Opera.

The book will be released August 2007 in trade paperback, and I'll be writing under the name Colette Gale.

Woohoo! Can't wait to see what they do with the cover.


Blogger Elizabeth Byler Younts soliloquized...

Wow, you have book after book after book being released next year! Congratulations! Were they all written when you got an agent or how did the process go for you? Is your story on one of your blogs...if not, I'd love to hear it! ...and get any advice you're willing to offer.

PS: Are you publishing under a different name for the Phantom book b/c it's a diff genre? I just posted about genre jumping on my blog and am so curious about it. The Phantom book is historical fiction...not like your other vampire series...right?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 5:47:00 PM  
Blogger Colleen Gleason soliloquized...

Thank you so much! It's really amazing to me, too, that so much happened since last September.

I'll pop over to your blog to see about your topic--it sounds great!

As for my story, in brief: I'd had my agent for two years before she sold any of my manuscripts (not for lack of trying; she had three of them out there before the vampire slayer series sold).

The second book in the vampire slayer series was written after I got the contract (I was fortunate that they put me on a six-month release date schedule).

The Phantom erotica was written last summer--it was really never meant to be anything but a fun project for me, but I had to write the story where Christine ended up with Erik (the Phantom).

I didn't even think my agent would want to rep it (she did), nor that my publishing house would want to buy it (they did!!).

So, yes, that book will be published under the name Colette Gale (because it's so different from the vampire series).

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 5:58:00 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Byler Younts soliloquized...

Colleen-Thanks for writing back. I really have enjoyed your blog and hearing about your pubs is soooo refreshing. Thanks for the input about genre jumping. I definitely realize that different names are practically a must...I guess I'll have to start considering my options.

I wanted my first pub to be with Elizabeth Byler Younts...but I know the bulk of my writing will be in mainstream women's fiction so maybe I should use another name for the historical instead of my future works? So much to think about. Anyway...thanks so much!!!! Can't wait for your books!

I saw on the noodler blog that you're from MICHIGAN! I lived in MI most of my life! I lived near Jackson. Where do you live?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 6:50:00 PM  
Blogger Jana DeLeon soliloquized...

WhooHoo! A great title and I'm SURE you'll get an equally fabulous cover. Big congrats (again). :)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 7:42:00 PM  
Blogger Stacy Dawn soliloquized...

Congratulations and a very interesting story both fiction and your account of it's 'coming into the light' so to speak

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 9:04:00 PM  
Blogger Heather Dawn Harper soliloquized...

What a cool freakin' title.

Sorry. It's difficult to be eloquent when you've just had cheese-dogs and chips for dinner.

Thank you for having to tell their story. Good for you! And me. Because I absolutely hated that she didn't end up with the phantom. There was soooo much tension and passion between them. Everytime I've watched the movie, I keep wondering..."Will she stay with him this time?" And then I have to close my eyes and imagine.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 9:55:00 PM  
Blogger Colleen Gleason soliloquized...

Geez, Heather, me too--about the ending, and hoping it ends differently. And it doesn't. So, that's why I had to write it.

Plus, I always wanted to know exactly what happened during the Music of the Night scene. ;-)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 9:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Caryle soliloquized...

I'm really looking forward to reading this, Colleen. I always thought Raoul was too ... meh.

Thursday, July 20, 2006 11:46:00 AM  
Blogger Rene soliloquized...

As far as musicals go, I didn't think much of "Phantom." Hubby just loved it, but like others, I thought Raoul was a drip and the character of Christine came off as a bit of a bubble head. I didn't find the music all that inspiring either. Geez, am I a hag or what? I MUCH perfered "Sunset Boulevard."

Anyway, your book sounds great and I can't wait to read it.

Thursday, July 20, 2006 4:02:00 PM  
Blogger Colleen Gleason soliloquized...

Raoul is a drip, although in the movie he's actually more heroic (sword fights) than in the play.

As for Christine...I must admit, she is not the kind of female character I generally write as a heroine. Much too easily manipulated and weak than the kind of women I generally write--and like to read--about.

That has made it a bit of a challenge because she has to be somewhat weak and manipulated in order to be in the position she's in in the book (play and movie). I had to hold myself back from my instinct of writing a strong woman in order to keep her true to character. She's not necessarily the most empathetic character if you like take-charge women--but she's also more true to her time period than many historical heroines. And besides, I mainly wrote the book to explore/celebrate/enjoy the dark passion of the Phantom. ;-)

Thursday, July 20, 2006 4:31:00 PM  
Blogger Tempest Knight soliloquized...

Finally someone who writes about the erotic side of the Phantom of the Opera. I always felt the sexual tension, but I didn't think the musical did much in that area. And ditto for the movie. So I can't wait to read Unmasqued: An Erotic Novel of The Phantom of the Opera! BTW, love the title!

Thursday, July 20, 2006 8:58:00 PM  
Blogger Diana Peterfreund soliloquized...

I *love* the title -- I'm so glad we were able to branch out from the "Phantom" restriction we'd been discussing in NY. Unmasqued is so much better!

Re: Christine... I think you can think of her as very weak, etc. but for me the point that nails what's really going on with her is the graveyard scene. She is just a young girl, and she's lost her only anchor in her father, so she is somewhat adrift, living in the opera with the rest of the chorus, no real guidance until the Phantom comes along, and in the end, you can see that despite her former submissions, she's really the one witht eh power over all the other characters... a fact which I"m sure you will exploit in the book.

Saturday, July 22, 2006 11:15:00 AM  

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