My Writing Process Blog Tour

Monday, March 10, 2014

Recently, the lovely and talented Mackenzie Lucas invited me to take part in this Writing Process Blog Tour, which has been crisscrossing the country (and crisscrossing genres) for about the last year. I’m really thrilled to participate, especially because I just started reading Mackenzie’s book Essence, and I’m truly loving it. It’s so exciting to be a part of this unique and fun chain-link of writers.

So here we go!

What am I working on?

badmanheroI’m currently finishing up edits on my romantic suspense novel Her Badman Hero. It’s about a woman who gets kidnapped during a bank robbery, and the man who not only saves her life, but captures her heart. This will be my first new release in about four years (yikes!) and I really hope that readers like it.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

Hmm, that’s an interesting question. There is a lot of wonderful romantic fiction out there, and every author puts her own unique touch to the stories. One thing that fascinates me about fiction (and real life) is that there are a lot of surface differences to human beings, but underneath that outward disparity, we all pretty much want the same things. We want happiness, health, love, peace of mind. The characters in my stories – like the people that I know in real life – are trying to overcome obstacles, conquer fears, and create their happily-ever-after.

Why do I write what I do?

Like many writers, I write stories that I’d like to read. When an idea grabs me, or a character comes to life in my head, I’m just not going to be happy until I’ve written the idea, told the character’s story and tied up the loose ends. I love romantic stories because they deal with the best in human nature: the part of us that is loving, hopeful, fun and beautiful. Love stories are about transforming heartache into joy, and what’s better than that?

How does my writing process work?

Well, I wish I had a neat, professional-sounding answer to that question, but to be honest, here’s how it seems to work for me:

I try to write the end first, because I find that it’s helpful to know where I’m going, and to have something to work toward. Ahem. That’s what I try to do. What I really do is write the first scene, get very excited about it, then try to write the next part… and fall flat on my face. After a while, I get up, start writing… and then fall flat again. This process repeats a multitude of times, and then eventually the book gets finished. It’s messy, and it’s not very pretty, but so far that’s pretty much how it goes.

It’s true, however, that with each story I learn more about my own writing process. One day I hope that I can finish a novel without causing my nose to meet the pavement at such a high velocity.

Next Week

On Monday, March 17, our blog tour has two exciting stops. Hope you’ll visit them!

Meredith Bond is the author of magical Regency-era romances. She loves creating worlds full of  dashing, noble heroes and beautiful heroines. Check her out next Monday, and see how Merry works her magic!

Michelle Carlbert is a television journalist who’s just starting to dip her toe into the delicious pool of fiction writing. Michelle has written for such prominent online magazines as TV Equals and SheKnows. Curious about how she does it? You can find out next week!

Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you enjoyed it.

A Monday Morning Giggle: Jane Austen’s Fight Club

Monday, December 16, 2014

I found this video thanks to paranormal romance author LK Rigel, and it did make me laugh out loud. Hope it gives you a giggle on this Monday morning!

(Note: If you’ve subscribed to my blog via email, first let me say: thank you!! And second, you may not be able to see the video in the email preview. I hope you’ll visit my website and watch the video.)

Oh, and if your Monday needs a little love, please take a second and visit my Facebook page, where my writing friends are sharing their love stories today. Have a great week, friends! :-)

Nothing Wrong With A Little Bribery…

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

…especially when the person being bribed is me. And especially, especially when the person doing the bribing is me, because that means I’ll be receiving only the very best swag in order to achieve said bribagement. (Def: bribagement – n. the divine, self-satisfied condition of having been amply paid off in either cash or some sort of juicy booty.) (No, not that kind of “booty.” ;-))

Okay, I admit it: because I’m the world’s laziest person, I have been bribing myself to finish writing Her Badman Hero. Or maybe it would be more accurate (and nicer) to say I’ve been “incentivizing” myself. Either way, to keep myself honest, I thought I should share with you the top three items on my list of bribery loot.

1) Katey Sagal’s new album. Anyone who engages me in conversation about music, Sons of Anarchy, Futurama, eighties television, or, well, the weather, is likely to be on the receiving end of an enthusiastic tidal wave of communication about how much I love Katey Sagal. Not only is she one heck of an actress, she’s also an amazing singer, and her skill as a songwriter has more than once brought tears to my eyes (in the best way possible). I have worn a virtual groove in my iPod playing and re-playing her 2004 album Room. In short, the woman is an Artist with a capital “A,” and she’s a true inspiration to anyone who aspires to make a living with their art. Her new album, Covered, was released recently, and immediately went to the top of my personal “most wanted.” Squee! Can’t wait to listen!

2) Veronica Mars box set. Although I was late to the party on the Veronica Mars television show, my husband and I finally watched it a few years ago on Netflix, and we zipped through all three seasons in about two weeks. If you’ve seen it, you’ll understand why! It’s a really fun show with an original concept and a great cast, not to mention an audience who is so faithful that the fans financed the startup production costs of a Veronica Mars movie via a Kickstarter campaign. This is one of those shows that’s so well-written it makes me itch to get writing! So for that reason, if nothing else, it’s earned a place on my loot list.

3) And the Grand Pooh-bah of bribery booty: a new Kindle Paperwhite. I bought my first Kindle in 2011, and it has served me well. But the Paperwhite has been calling to me for some time now, luring me with the siren song of its eyestrain-free front light and paper-like text display. In short, when I think of the Paperwhite, I’m like a child with her face pressed to a toy store window, whispering: “I want it!” Even the thought makes my fingers type faster! Very soon, it will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine…

So tell me the truth: am I being hopelessly self-indulgent by promising myself all this lovely loot? Even more self-indulgent by blogging about it? And what kind of delicious rewards have you promised yourself for finishing a project?

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