Feb 032016
 

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Ask that first question of any writer and you’ll get a variation of; Because I can’t not write. My reason for writing is much the same. For the second question I also write romance for those who want the promise of a happily ever after.

Everyone has a list of life’s challenges, experiences and adversities they’ve faced and, hopefully, overcome. The characters in my stories for the Last Rose of Summer line of The Wild Rose Press are much the same. Not only do they tend to have been around the block a time or two, they are definitely mature and, in some cases, entering the second phase of successful careers and moderately happy lives. They’re everyday people slowing down, pausing to smell the roses, if you will. Who understand, at long last, what’s important in life. Many have been dealt challenges and granted second chances.

In many of my short stories, the heroines especially face and manage to triumph over their own adversities. In Forgotten Alliance, Sarah Novak is forced to come to terms with her husband’s infidelity. All On Her Own deals with a heroine who overcomes the well-intentioned, yet meddling – read matchmaking – older sister of heroine Nancy Carter. This story also happens to be my best seller to day. Wonder why.

In my first full length novel, Honorable Intentions, single father hero Chase Canfield rebuilds a life for himself and his teenaged daughter. With a heroine’s help, of course.

The first book in my current work in progress series – Brothers In Blue has hero Brad Collins, a cop turned bounty hunter about to embark on a quest that will affect his life like nothing before. And he has no idea what’s in store for him.

As a sign of today’s times, many of my characters end up forming non-traditional families. It almost goes without saying the heroines are strong, intelligent and self-sufficient. The heroes are individuals who can acknowledge their own imperfections and also admit they may not always have all the answers. You think?

While, in my opinion, there’s a special beauty in the happily ever after guarantee of romance fiction; also in my opinion, there’s another bonus, the payoff, if you will for all who experience the ups and downs in real life.

In a romance, the hero and heroine find love and acceptance on their own terms and to fit their own lifestyles. Something readers can identify with, maybe even find inspiration in.

They can do it. I can do it. We’re all going to be okay.

InsecureWritersSupportGroup

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time. 

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

IWSG awesome co-hosts for the February 3rd posting of the IWSG will be Allison Gammons,Tamara Narayan, Eva E. Solar, Rachel Pattison, and Ann V. Friend! 

Dec 022015
 

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Last month for my Insecure Writers Support Group contribution, I talked about the ABCs of writing a story. From my perspective at least. A for Action, B for Background, C for Characters … In that essay, I went all the way to H for Hang in there. You will make a sale.

Many of my writer friends, supportive as they are read and commented on that post. A couple of those friends – one claimed an OCD’s mind the other is just plain pushy – wondered where the other letters were. In other words…what about the rest of the story—er—alphabet? Continue reading »

Nov 042015
 

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The Insecure Writers Support Group meets the first Wednesday of the month online so member writes can share and encourage each other.  So here goes with my November contribution.

Everbody run!

What a way to start a story, right? Engage your reader from the get go. Make them care about what’s happening. Intrigue them, so they will have no choice but to … turn the page.

If you think about it, though, completing a story, be it short, novella length or epic really is as easy as A, B, C … Continue reading »

Oct 142015
 

This post first appeared on October 11th at The Roses of Prose in honor of my good friend. It’s important enough to me, to include it on my own blog as well.

 

“The Paper Burns, But The Words Fly Away” – Ben Joseph Akiba

You’ve heard the term – ‘You look like you’ve lost your best friend.’ A sort of universal acknowledgement to denote unspeakable devastation, failure or loss. A couple of months ago, I literally lost my best friend. One woman, outside of my family, who meant the world to me.

Barbara Kerns Johnson and I met at a writer’s conference many years ago. Two strangers with the love of words in common, who went on to become inseparable friends despite our differences. While I’m a worrier tried and true, Barb was the exact opposite. She could have been the inspiration for the song – Don’t Worry Be Happy – and knowing her, she probably was. As time went on, we worked together, collaborated together, traveled together, enjoyed life together. That’s not say she didn’t drive me crazy at times. I’m sure she’d tell you I returned the favor and then some. Continue reading »

Oct 072015
 

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Working on the edits of my first full length book Honorable Intentions with editor extraordinaire Kathy Cottrell was both enjoyable and eye opening.

Honorable Intentions Cover

Release Date: September 7, 2009
Rating: Spicy
Page Count: 272 pages
Purchase/Download – The Wild Rose Press
Kindle Edition – Amazon.com
Nook Edition – Barnes & Noble

Heroine, Samantha Wells meets hero Chase Canfield in a coffee shop one morning. Acting on a dare from a spurned co-worker who’s told her she needs to loosen up and learn to flirt, Samantha comes on like a steamy seductress to the first man she comes across. Her efforts are rewarded, if that’s the right word, with a heart stopping kiss from the handsome stranger she now can’t seem to forget. Continue reading »

Sep 302015
 

You’ve seen this book here before, but bear with me because  ….. SATURDAY IN SERENDIPITY is on sale at Amazon for $0.99 cents. These stories of love rediscovered—Three Strikes Thursday; Two On Tuesday; and One Fateful Friday—take place around the week end of a twenty year high school reunion in Serendipity, Vermont.

Saturday in Serendipity - Cover - 1500

Among the six heroes and heroines, the most memorable character for me to write was Aaron Goodwin, the anti-hero who wreaked havoc in Two On Tuesday.

I’ll let him tell you more about it. Continue reading »

Sep 162015
 

Not only have some of us heard a form of the above from a frustrated adolescent we are equally frustrated at trying raise, I, for one, have thrown those same words at whatever WIP I’m struggling to finish and submit.

Then again, maybe I shouldn’t.

As with all things new, an undeveloped story idea is, in many ways, a gift. Something that comes to you from who knows where. Pristine and fresh. Ready and anxious to grow. So you grab hold and run with it.

Things go along fine for quite some time. You and your characters are getting along beautifully. Everyone is happy and content to do exactly what is expected of them. Life is good. Life is grand.

Then without warning or provocation It! happens. Anarchy of the worst kind invades this perfect world you and your characters have created. And you are at a definite loss what to do about It!. Continue reading »

Sep 022015
 

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A colleague of mine, a fellow writer, recently shared how she’s taken a year off from publishing. Not writing, she was quick to add, just the publishing side of things.

I have to say, that concept really resonated with me.

Especially being deeply embroiled doing the necessary promotion of what I already have published, fulfilling obligations for blog posts, sharing for others and such.

In addition, I’m in the hunt for a home for my WIP romantic suspense series, Brothers In Blue. You know the drill, I’m stressing over whether to insert a comma or not. Re-reading, self-editing, proofing and the like until I can hardly see straight. In short, the process is becoming work, I’m sorry to say. I need to revisit the joy of writing for the sake of writing in all its unencumbered and freeing glory.

Right now, one of four books in the Brothers In Blue series is completed and ready to go, with the second nearly halfway done. Continue reading »

Aug 052015
 

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There’s no rhyme or reason to the way I write. I’ll admit to it. Not always proudly.

I have writer friends who compose their books in a linear fashion. They, rather the characters they create, travel from Point A to Point B to Points C, D and E. All the way from Once Upon A Time straight through to Happily Ever After.  With no side-trips, no deviation.

Man, I wish I could write like that. But I can’t. My stories come to mind in the form of complete scenes and characterizations, rushes of dialogue. Sometimes this is all related to what has come before, often times not. Through no fault of mine, my characters will react in ways I hadn’t expected. Many times I have no idea why a character will say what they say, or think what they think. Until a few chapters down the road, when everything makes perfect sense. Continue reading »

Jul 012015
 

Though we haven’t had the tortuously hot and uncomfortable temperatures this summer of years past, I’d still like to help cool everyone off a little anyway. One Fateful Friday is the final in my three novella anthology Saturday In Serendipity. One Fateful Friday takes place between Halloween and Christmas Eve and stars Jake Holbrook and Bethany Thomas.

Saturday in Serendipity - Cover

His twentieth high school reunion in Serendipity, Vermont leaves hospital CEO Jake Holbrook feeling lonely and alone. So when a special woman from his past tumbles back into his life—and his bed—he’s determined to keep her there. Family practice physician Bethany Thomas knows it’s a bad idea to sleep with her late husband’s best friend—even if he is the only man she ever loved. After years of marriage to the wrong man, she isn’t looking for an entanglement with her future boss. Clashing philosophies on patient care lead to an unknowing betrayal. As the holidays approach, Jake’s job is on the line. Can Bethany and Jake overcome their lack of trust to find their own Christmas miracle? Continue reading »

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