As a former art teacher, when I’m writing a novel, I’m often reminded of painting an artwork. You begin with a blank page as you would a canvas. You have an idea where you’re going and some things you’re going to need to include to get to the end product. But first you’ve got to… Continue reading Painting the Landscape
This past Saturday the authors of DSRA sponsored three events open to the public. The morning began with DIY Self-Publishing Toolkit, a workshop presented by a panel of authors and PR professionals including: Delilah Devlin, Voirey Linger, Myla Jackson/Elle James, Shayla Kersten, and Kelli Reep. Local media and TV interviews drew a crowd of people… Continue reading DSRA’s Public Meeting and “Wild at Heart” Event
I recently read a rant on Twitter about how annoying it was when authors tweeted so-called writing rules—the things you should or shouldn’t do. It seems like there’s always an exception to every rule. Romance has its own unwritten rules. I remember several years ago when an author told me what I could and couldn’t… Continue reading Breaking the Rules
I recently wrote the first kiss scene in my current WIP, and as usual, it was my favorite scene to write. A good sexy kiss will have the writer squirming in her seat just as much as her readers if all the stars are aligned and she’s done her best work. It’s a matter of… Continue reading It’s in the Kiss
This weekend the Internet blew up with news of a blogger who charged authors fees for positive book reviews, but paying bloggers for reviews isn’t a new practice. Kirkus charges over $300 per review, although there’s no guarantee their reviews will be positive. Popular magazines also sell advertising (i.e. Romantic Times) to authors in exchange… Continue reading Who Can You Trust?
I’m about to sound like a complete fangirl. I’ve been a faithful MS Word user for years, and have used every version since its inception. Then I tried Scrivener, and my life changed. Once you try it, you’ll never want anything else, and no, Scrivener doesn’t pay me a commission when I talk about the… Continue reading Scrivener Rocks My Socks Off
I wish I could do half the stuff my favorite heroines have done, but let’s face it, I’m not Lara Croft, and I’m not going to ever experience a roll in the hay with Gerard Butler or the passionate embrace of Johnny Depp. Hey, a girl can dream! But when I write, there’s a lot… Continue reading Some Experience Required