As kids we loved Pirates #author #writing #amwriting #bookpiracy #piratebooks

Growing up, we always had that romantic notion of a pirate. Even if a lot of movies depicted them as thieves and the bad guys, there was always that mysterious allure of the sword-swinging, treasure hunting pirate. And then, of course, Hollywood saw fit to give us cast of characters like Orlando Bloom as Will [...]

How to Survive being an Author (Part Three) #writing #amwriting #author #romance

For our third, and final, part of this series, we are going to look into just a couple more things that every author needs to survive. If you missed PART ONE or PART TWO, just click on the links. So what is the first thing I'm going to list this week? Well, it's what gets [...]

How to Survive being an Author (Part Two) #writing #amwriting #author #romance

In PART ONE we covered: writer friends and having a thick skin. So what's in store for part two? The first thing on the list is that authors need patience. However exciting it is to finish that novel, you have to make sure the story is fully done before you submit to a publisher or [...]

How to Survive being an Author (Part One) #writing #amwriting #author #writerslife

A couple of months ago someone shared a link to a blog post about how to survive being an author. Of course, once I saw the title I clicked on it, expecting either a really good article with some tips or perhaps some light-hearted funny antidotes on how to survive this crazy career. So which [...]

Ruin is a Gift. Ruin leads to Transformation #writing #author #amwriting #romance #fantasy #contemporary

When the movie Eat Pray Love came out there was one scene and one quote that struck me so deeply, that I've used it several times over the years if a friend was going through a particularly hard situation. "A friend took me to the most amazing place the other day. It's called the Augusteum. Octavian Augustus built [...]

Reader Entitlement: How far is too far? #amwriting #writing #author

A couple of months ago I wrote a post asking authors how they would feel if Hollywood screwed up their books when making it into a movie. The topic came to mind sometime after the announcement that the last Divergent movie was shelved and would be turned into a TV series instead. I've always been [...]

Things you should never say to an Author #writing #amwriting #author #romance

Every so often I hear a phrase, whether it's said to me or I see another author comment about what someone said to them on social media, that just makes me want to shake my head. Of course, these people aren't really privy to the reasons that their words bug us so much, seeing as they [...]